CROWLEY, La. (KLFY)- UPDATE: A Crowley hit-and-run suspect, identified as 35-year-old Justin Duhon, has been located in Orleans Parish.
Duhon is wanted in connection with a Sunday afternoon crash that injured a 10-year-old boy as he was riding his new bicycle in the 200 block of Spruce Street in Crowley, police said.
“Statements taken from the scene and witnesses indicated that a silver ‘dually’ pickup truck with silver hub caps and a loud engine was around the area of the incident at the time of the hit and run,” Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard said.
Later in the evening, State Police Troop B (New Orleans Region) received a call from a Crowley resident stating that she was on the phone with a female who was in the alleged truck.
The witness said she was present when the hit and run took place and that she was still in the vehicle, Broussard said.
The woman identified the suspect to authorities.
Duhon was taken into custody and faces and charge of felony hit and Run. His bond has been set at $100,000.
He is being held pending extradition back to Acadia Parish.
“It was the public who helped us get this man in custody,” stated Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard. “From the onset of the incident, we were receiving a ton of phone calls from area residents and witnesses, with information and possible videos from their residences which would help us to identify the suspect.”
ORIGINAL: An 11-year-old child was struck and severely injured in a hit-and-run crash in Crowley, Sunday afternoon.
According to Police Chief Jimmy Broussard, police were called to the intersection of S. Avenue O around 2 p.m.
When they got there, Broussard said they found the 11-year-old child conscious and breathing but severely injured after being hit by a car which then fled the area at a high rate of speed.
Broussard has confirmed that the child was a male, riding his new bicycle that he had received on Christmas Day.
Several eyewitness have reported the make and model of the suspects vehicle, Broussard said, and from that a person of interest is being sought.
Anyone with any further information is asked to contact Crowley Police.
The child was initially taken to a local hospital, but had to be airlifted to a New Orleans hospital for further treatment.
The driver of the vehicle faces negligent injuring charges and felony hit and run charges.