Last Friday night, Sedderian Chambers was the Ellison Eagles’ leading rusher in a loss to defending district champion Waco Midway.
By Sunday, his mother had filed a missing persons report.
Chambers is safe, after his mother located him at a hospital in Temple, but the junior running back is recovering after being hit by a car late Saturday.
Chambers’ mother, Ormeshia McSwain, said he was admitted to the hospital with a bruised knee and a big gash on his head.
But considering doctors told her the car that hit Chambers was going about 40 mph, McSwain was relieved to find out he had no broken bones.
Chambers was released from the hospital Tuesday, but McSwain was still upset that the hospital, nor the Killeen Police Department, was able to help her find him.
“(The hospital) said that my phone number had changed,” McSwain said Tuesday. “I had two addresses on file. The officer that was on duty told me that he was not going to come knock on my door because they didn’t know for sure.
“So, I found my own son, nobody called me or told me anything.”
Killeen police Lt. Frank Plowick said via email that the accident took place about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, and that Chambers was walking across Stan Schlueter Loop wearing headphones near the W.S. Young Drive intersection.
“He did not have any ID with him, so his family was not able to initially be notified because we did not know who he was at the time,” Plowick said via email. “Once they filed the report, then we were able to determine his identity.”
McSwain, however, didn’t find her son until a friend who works at Scott & White recommended she call the Temple hospital after a call to a Killeen hospital proved futile. “My son was laying up in here early Sunday morning, I found him later that afternoon,” McSwain said.
Chambers was unavailable for comment, and Ellison coach Trent Gregory declined comment out of respect for the family’s privacy.
Philip Jankowski contributed to this story.
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