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Great Hang Up: Paralyzed boy & mom share distracted driving story

10:07 AM, Oct 3, 2011   |    comments
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Washington, DC -- A five-year-old boy from Milwaukee, Wisconsin is helping spread a message about the dangers of distracted driving.

Xzavier Davis-Bilbo is featured in the newest "Faces of Distracted Driving" video from the Department of Transportation.

Xzavier was crossing the street with his older sister last October when a woman ran through a stop sign.  Xzavier was dragged 20 feet and left paralyzed below his diaphragm.  He has partial use of this hands.

Police say the woman was texting when she hit Xzavier.

"I've been told the text was 'I'm on my way,'" said Xzavier's mother, Valetta Bradford.  "It wasn't that important.  She could have pulled to the side of the road and gotten that out of the way."

Xzavier dreamed of playing football one day.  Over the summer, a semi-pro football league held a fundraiser to help his family buy a wheelchair-accessible van.

 

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