2 children hospitalized in Stoner Hill neighborhood crash

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 10:45am

Police are combing through the details of a late night crash in Shreveport's Stoner Hill neighborhood that left two children hospitalized.

At approximately 11:29 p.m. on August 11, 2012, Shreveport Police patrol officers were dispatched to the intersection of East Stoner Avenue and Youree Drive relative to a major crash involving pedestrians. Upon arrival there, officers discovered that a nine year old female juvenile and an 18 month old male child had been struck by a 2003 Honda Pilot driven by 58 year old Deborah Kuperman of Shreveport. The juveniles were subsequently transported to LSUHSC by the Shreveport Fire Department with what have been described as serious injuries.

Crash investigators immediately responded to the scene and, upon further investigation, learned Kuperman was driving southbound on Youree Drive approaching Stoner Avenue when she observed several pedestrians on the west side of the roadway and began to slow down. Kuperman advised she saw an adult female pull several children back onto the grassy median off the roadway and assumed that the street was clear of any pedestrians but as she proceeded thorough the green light at the intersection at Stoner Avenue at Youree Drive, she felt a slight impact. Kuperman turned around at the next intersection and returned to find both children injured along the roadway. Authorities were able to determine the nine year old was carrying the 18 month old at the time of the crash.

While Kuperman showed no obvious indications of impairment at the scene, she voluntarily submitted to a chemical test to detect the presence of any intoxicants. Investigators continue working at this hour to determine the cause of this crash.

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