Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Driver charged with hit and run

Steven_W._JohnsonA four-year-old child is okay today, but a Bossier City man is in trouble for leaving the scene of an accident.

Steven Wade Johnson, 41, of the 2300 block of Stockwell Place, Bossier City, has been charged by Minden Police with felony hit and run.

Chief Steve Cropper said around 5:30 p.m. Friday, his officers responded to a call at the corner of Shreveport Road and Erwin Thompson Drive where witnesses said the child – possibly following others who were crossing the road – ran into the side of a vehicle traveling west bound on U.S. Hwy. 80.

"Apparently there was a group of kids, and a couple of them ran out in front of the vehicle," Cropper said. "This particular child actually ran into the side of Johnson's truck."

The driver reportedly continued toward Dixie Inn.

"It may have been something he could not avoid, and he should've stopped," Cropper said. "But he didn't. He continued."

The chief said Lt. Kirk Morgan arrived and put the victim in the backseat of his patrol car.

"The child had a couple of injuries to his head, contusions and bruises and a cut underneath one of his eyes," Cropper said.

Sgt. Ryan Barnette and Officer 1st Class Chris McClaran took statements from the witnesses and acquired a license plate number for Johnson's vehicle.

"They put a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) out, and Dixie Inn officer Kenneth Gay stopped the vehicle pretty close to Dixie Inn," Cropper said.

Once an ambulance arrived to take care of the child, officers reportedly went to Dixie Inn to question Johnson.

"He (Johnson) had full knowledge that he had hit the child or the child had run into him," Cropper said. "He claims he began to worry once he got almost to Dixie Inn. He decided he better turn around and go back to check on the child, but he couldn't find any place to turn around – he said he was scared he was going to get a nail in his tire."

While the child reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries, he was transported to Minden Medical Center, therefore, Johnson was arrested on a felony charge of hit and run.

Johnson was booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.






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