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Vehicle located, owner arrested in hit-and-run that injured 10-year-old boy

Robert Brophy (Source: Montgomery County Jail) Robert Brophy (Source: Montgomery County Jail)
AJ Bedingfield (Source: Family) AJ Bedingfield (Source: Family)
AJ Bedingfield recovers at a Birmingham hospital. (Source: GoFundMe webpage) AJ Bedingfield recovers at a Birmingham hospital. (Source: GoFundMe webpage)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery police have made an arrest in a hit-and-run crash that injured a 10-year-old boy and his cousin Friday.

Police located Robert Brophy's 1999 Ford Taurus in Montgomery County Tuesday. Brophy, 62, was arrested and charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident.

Montgomery police had been searching for the vehicle involved in the crash since Friday.

According to CrimeStoppers, MPD received a tip that led to the vehicle after WSFA 12 News reported on this story Monday.

According to police, the crash happened Friday around 5 p.m. in the 3800 block of Atlanta Highway, which is near the Dalraida Road intersectio. Investigators say the Ford Taurus hit the motorcycle and while fleeing the scene, ran into a Toyota Camry.

The passenger on the motorcycle, Matthew Bedingfield, was seriously injured.

An online account has been set up to help Matthew recover. The account's goal is to raise $100,000 for treatment, but as of Tuesday afternoon it had only raised $150.

Donna Yarchak, Bedingfield's grandmother, is angry considering what could have happened to the boy, known as AJ, and his cousin.

"Two kids could have gotten killed," Yarchak said.

Bedingfield suffered major injuries including broken bones in his right leg, a bruised and possibly lacerated spleen, a gash on his head that required more than 100 stitches, a broken nose, multiple skull fractures and other injuries.

Although Bedingfield has a long road ahead of him, he is expected to make a full recovery. Yarchak says he is out of the ICU and is trying to use a walker and eat, though it remains difficult. She says he should be able to go home within a few days but will remain in a wheelchair for at least six months.

Bedingfield's cousin was also injured, though not as seriously.

"He just didn't care and left the scene. He is a coward," Yarchak said.

ON THE WEB: http://www.gofundme.com/help4aj

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