2-year-old hospitalized in Welsh hit-and-run accident

A 2-year-old boy was hit by a white pickup truck on Bowers St. in Welsh.
Published: Mar. 13, 2023 at 8:41 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 13, 2023 at 9:56 PM CDT
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Welsh, LA (KPLC) - A 2-year-old boy was hit by a white pickup truck on Bowers St. in Welsh.

Welsh Police described the accident as a hit-and-run after they found the boy with severe road rash to the head and legs at approximately 6:15 p.m., according to Welsh Police Chief Marcus Crochet.

Surveillance video at a convenience store close to the accident led Welsh Police to the driver at his home, Crochet said. The driver said he saw Welsh Police’s Facebook post and was planning to go to the station to speak to them.

According to the child’s mother, the toddler was playing at the end of a driveway between a U-haul truck and another vehicle because they were moving. She says she was right there when the truck swerved to avoid a vehicle in the roadway and hit her child.

Based on witness accounts and surveillance footage, police believe the driver did not see the child and did not know that he had hit him.

Crochet said he believes this is an unfortunate accident and no charges are being pressed at this time.

The mother says she has a hard time believing the driver did not know he hit a child. She says at least three people, family members, and friends, reportedly screamed and chased the driver down the street right after it happened, and they believe he should have at least felt a bump due to the injuries the child sustained.

The boy was airlifted to a Lafayette hospital and is expected to recover.