LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A two year old boy was struck by a small truck on General Patton Street yesterday evening.
Sandra Fontenot, who lives down the street from where the accident occurred, watched as everything unfolded.
"As I saw the car coming, I saw the kids cross the sidewalk and I immediately told my neighbor that you've got to go get the kids, a car is coming, the kid is about to run into the street. And before he could get over there the kid stepped in the street and the lady hit him," said Fontenot.
The two young boys were playing in their front yard when the two-year old stepped close to the street and was stuck by the truck, his body was then carried approximately 50 feet down the road.
"When I saw the car strike the child, I didn't have my cell phone, I ran to get my cell phone and by the time I came back I noticed the car didn't stop immediately," said Fontenot.
According to eyewitnesses, the driver did not realize she had hit the child until she had driven a few hundred feet down the road.
Once people did realize what happened, onlookers rushed to help the child.
"One of the neighbors came and helped the little boy's uncle do CPR because the child had stopped breathing momentarily, and they did CPR and brought him back," Fontenot said.
Fontenot and the other residents on the street believe the accident could have been prevented if people would slow down and pay more attention while driving through neighborhoods.
"They're just not really paying attention to the kids, they seem to be distracted and they just need to pay a little more attention to what's on in front of them," said Fontenot.
The driver of the vehicle is cooperating with the investigation and according to the LCPD, showed no signs of impairment.
The child is in serious, but stable condition, and currently in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.