An 11-year-old boy is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a driver failed to observe a stop sign and hit him while he was playing basketball on West Street Sunday evening.
The 19-year-old driver of the car, Erin Graham, of the 700 block of 1st Street, Gibsland, struck the 11-year-old as she was traveling west on West Street. The child was thrown onto the hood of her vehicle and into the windshield, according to reports.
"The vehicle traveled 43 feet before the child fell off into the street," said Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper.
Graham has been arrested and charged with reckless operation, hit and run, negligent injury, attempted simple escape, running a stop sign and no insurance, according to the report.
"After she actually hit him, she tried to leave the scene and get away," Cropper said. "She stated she was scared to stop because of the crowd. But that is no excuse and witnesses said she never stopped – she kept going."
Once handcuffed and placed in the backseat of the patrol car, Graham attempted once again to flee the scene.
"When she was handcuffed and put in the back of the car – I don't know how she did it but she got her handcuffs back in front of her and was trying to get out of the car," Cropper said.
The child was transported to LSU-HSC, Shreveport with a possible broken shoulder, and other cuts, bruises and gashes, according to Cropper.ƞ