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6/5/08-Van Zandt County

Mother Pleas For Help About Her Son's Death

Her son was killed on the side of the road, and now she wants some answers.

Travis James Ainsworth died from cardiac arrest early Monday morning after he was found lying in the middle of Highway 243, bleeding, possibly hit by an unknown car, authorities say. Beyond that, they don't know much, and Wednesday, we saw them asking the public to come forward with any information. Thursday KLTV 7's Tracy Watler spoke with Travis' mother, who is making that same plea, hoping any thing, or anyone, can help her finally know what happened to her son.


"The investigators brought me out here this morning," Sharon Whallon says as she points out a spot in the roadway where investigators told her her son lay.

"We don't know if someone hit him, if he was pushed from a car, if he fell out of a car, we don't know," she adds.

And now, she's hoping you can help her piece that together.

"I just want to know what happened to my baby, please, anybody, who knows anything about what happened out here on this road, please call police. I ask you please help me find out what happened to my baby," she pleads.

All she does know--"a passerby saw something on the road, saw it move and called police."

This is what that man told police: "I don't want this dude to get hit anymore. I mean if I hadn't come along somebody would have ran over him cause I didn't even see him.  I thought it was a deer on the side of the road laying until I looked and it was a human," he tells police.  "His arm is broken...I think he got hit by a car!

The man stayed with Travis until police arrived.

"No man, just stay there, dude, you're going to be alright," he says over the dispatch call.

But Travis wasn't alright.  He died in the ambulance from cardiac arrest.

"He was a very beautiful, sensitive child, always tried to help people...this is every parent's nightmare to not be there to protect your child and to know that they were laying on the ground and not know what happened to them," she says.

It's a plea from a mother for answers--a plea for an end to her nightmare.

Travis Ainsworth's funeral is Friday at 10am at the First Assembly of God Church in Terrell.

Tracy Watler, Reporting tracy@kltv.com

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