POSTED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 11:04am
Shreveport, LA — Authorities are investigating a Tuesday evening crash involving a Shreveport patrol unit and two children riding a bicycle.
At around 5:58 p.m., Shreveport Police Lt. Joseph Bartlett was driving his department car southbound on North Market Street near Barton Drive. During this time, a boy was allegedly riding a bicycle and carrying another child on the handlebars. The cyclist and passenger were traveling on the roadway trying to cross North Market Street when the crash occurred.
Lt. Bartlett swerved to avoid the bicycle, but the children hit the driver's side of the police car. Help was immediately called for and arrived within minutes. The bicycle passenger, later identified as Jermone Houston, 16, was taking to a local hospital with serious injuries.
The second victim, who left the scene, was found after witnesses directed authorities to a nearby apartment complex where the driver of the bicycle, identified as Kenyon Williams, 15, could be found. The teenager was also taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Lt. Bartlett, a 26 year veteran of the force, was not injured but was taken by a police supervisor for routine post crash screening in accordance with departmental policy.
Crash investigators responded to the scene and began the process of documenting the crash as well as collecting evidence. Their inquiry is ongoing at this hour.