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17-year-old jogger struck by vehicle on Shell Beach Drive

Published: May. 30, 2021 at 2:51 PM CDT|Updated: May. 30, 2021 at 10:32 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - The Lake Charles Police Department says an auto-pedestrian crash sent a 17-year-old boy to the hospital Wednesday night with minor injuries.

According to Sgt. Shaun Touchet, department spokesman, on Wednesday, May 26, at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Shell Beach Drive in reference to an auto-pedestrian crash.

Touchet says the investigation revealed that a 17-year-old was jogging on the sidewalk of Shell Beach Drive.

He then crossed the road to the grassy area of Shell Beach Drive and then attempted to go back across Shell Beach Drive when he was struck by a southbound vehicle, according to Touchet.

“I saw the windshield,” witness Chris Livergood said. “I saw the broken mirror on the side.”

Livergood drove up to the scene moments after the jogger was hit, capturing a photo of the incident.

“It could be you, it could be your mom, it could be your brother, next thing you know - boom, it’s too late,” Livergood said.

Runners agree Shell Beach Drive can be a dangerous area to exercise, but that responsibility lies in pedestrians as well as drivers.

“We try to pay attention as much as we can to the drivers,” runner Jason Breaux said.

It’s all about eye contact.

“We make sure that if you don’t make eye contact with the driver in vehicle at the intersection, always make sure that you try to run behind to vehicle instead of in front,” Breaux said.

Touchet says the pedestrian was transported to a local area hospital with minor injuries.

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