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Arrest made in crash that left child injured

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 1:45pm

Crash investigators have arrested a local man after a vehicle crash that left a six year old little boy suffering serious injuries.

At approximately 8:13 p.m. on September 5, 2011, Shreveport Police patrol officers were dispatched to the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Alabama Avenue relative to major crash involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival there, officers discovered that a six year old male child had apparently been struck by a vehicle and the driver of that vehicle allegedly fled the scene of the crash prior to officer arrival. The juvenile was transported to LSUHSC by the Shreveport Fire Department with what have been described as serious injuries.

Moments later the driver of the GMC Yukon that struck the child, identified as 23 year old Donald Johnson, Jr., surrendered to authorities at the Shreveport Police Complex and reported that he left the crash scene because he was allegedly accosted by a large crowd of bystanders. Johnson told investigators he was driving eastbound on Lakeshore Drive approaching Alabama Avenue when the child ran out into traffic in front of his vehicle and he was not able to avoid hitting the juvenile. Johnson maintains that as he got out to check on the injured pedestrian, a large crowd began to form and they acted hostile towards him. He then left the scene and drove to the police station.

Johnson admitted to authorities he had been drinking prior to the crash and, upon further investigation, he was arrested for one count each of D.W.I. and negligent injuring. Donald Johnson, Jr., of the 3600 block of Judson Street in Shreveport, was booked into the Shreveport City Jail. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

From Shreveport Police Department

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