Liam Dunn: Family of cheerleader mowed down by cop pleads for help as injured brother remains critical
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA: The bereaved family of a cheerleader murdered when a police car ran a red light has written a heartbreaking plea for assistance as their son struggles for his life in intensive care. Maggie Dunn, 17, and Caroline Gill, 16, were killed on Saturday, December 31, in Brusly, Louisiana, when Addis police officer David Cauthron, 42, crashed into their vehicle. Meanwhile, Maggie Dunn's older brother, Liam Dunn, who was the third passenger in the car's backseat and was seriously injured in the incident is struggling for his life in intensive care.
While pursuing a man accused of robbery, Cauthron reportedly reached speeds of 110 mph when he allegedly struck and killed the two teenagers on December 31 and sent Liam Dunn, Maggie's brother in critical condition. He was arrested the following day of the incident and charged with two counts of negligent homicide and one count of negligent injuring said District Attorney Tony Clayton.
According to reports, the 20-year-old, who will graduate from Brusly High School in 2020, had significant blood loss and broke his femur, ankle, wrist, and rib in the collision. He will require surgery as soon as his condition is stable enough. His family is now requesting blood donations in Liam's honor in an effort to aid those who find themselves in a similar situation.
Brusly High School Principal, Walt Lemoine, told WAFB news, "Their son Liam is in the hospital still, so the big thing they are promoting is he is in need of blood. So, they are promoting a blood drive through Our Lady of the Lake because that’s the hospital he’s in." Lemoine added, “There is so much support out there that people really do genuinely care about other people, and it’s a shame that it takes a tragedy to bring that to light." Following an unexpected requirement for transfusions, the blood bank has experienced a scarcity of blood. Donations made in Liam Dunn's honor are strongly welcomed to help the family, The US Sun reported.
Kenny Wayne, Dunn's father, has also provided updates on his son's status on his Facebook page. "Thank you so much for the outpouring love and condolences for our family. Your thoughts and prayers have held us up so far," he wrote in one post. Wayne has praised his son's strength over the last few days, "He is in a fight right now. But as my friend Lucas Braud says that buckethead is setting us up to close the game out." Since the accident, Dunn's family has not left his side. The Dunn family values giving blood as a direct action just as much as they value their thoughts and prayers.