Police ID Driver Accused Of Hitting Child In North Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Police have identified the driver who hit 11 year old Nicholas Tunstall while riding his bike in North Topeka August 2nd. 36 year old Charles Dwayne Cashman was arrested on charges of driving without a license, no insurance, stop sign violation and illegal tags.

13 News has also learned that Cashman had been booked on other charges which were unrelated to Friday's auto accident. According to Shawnee County Jail records, Cashman was also charged with identity theft, interference with a law enforcement officer, and domestic battery.

He also served time for domestic battery and aggravated battery convictions in Sedgwick County in 2003, and three separate theft cases in Shawnee County. Court records show his probation was revoked Thursday.

A savings account is now set up to help the Tunstall family with medical expenses.

You can donate at any Capital Federal location by giving them Nicholas Tunstall's name.

Nicholas Tunstall, an 11 year old boy, was hit by a truck while riding his bike Friday, August 2nd, in north Topeka, and is recovering from injuries more serious than first believed. His family is worried about paying the medical bills and they say the driver who hit him, was uninsured.

Sherry Tunstall was at work when she received the call. She said, "I just froze and dropped everything."

Her son Nicholas had been hit by a truck while riding his bike along NW St. John and Topeka Boulevard.

Sherry said, "The truck hit his whole right side, dragging him under the truck and flipping him from his bike."

Nicholas broke both collar bones, his left and right pelvic bones and his ankle. To make matters worse, Sherry, a single mother of four was told the driver of the vehicle did not have insurance.

Sherry said, "My family will be in financial disarray because of this and I''m not sure if my medical coverage can cover everything to take care of this."

Doctors say the next step is a follow up at Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Sherry is already taking time off work, and says without a car, it will be difficult to give Nicholas the care he needs.

Daily visits from family members have kept Nicholas strong throughout his road to recovery but relatives say the driver of the vehicle responsible for the accident hasn't even checked on his well-being. Nicholas' cousin Jessica said, "That's all i want is for them to visit and see what has happened to him."

Nicholas is certain he will bounce back. He said, "My mom tells me everyday to be strong, don't worry you'll be out in a while."

Stormont-Vail says it is working to connect Sherry with a case manager to find resources to assist in Nicholas' care.

Topeka Police could not tell us if the driver involved faced any citations.