Hit & Run Accidents on the Rise

Friday, March 20, 2009 - 7:41pm

Over the last month, there have been several hit and run accidents in our area. Most notably, the deaths of a group of Southeastern students. Our David D’Aquin found out people in Baton Rouge are taking extra precautions. One thing they’re doing is paying more attention to their surroundings and what’s going on and people are outraged that drivers could run someone over and flee the scene.

Ann Lavigne and her daughter Jillian walked through downtown Baton Rouge for a field trip. They’re making sure to follow the rules. “And if the signs are working, I would look at the sign in case I’m not able to walk.” And they’re taking it a step further, making sure cars are stopped for their red lights before they venture across the street. Lavigne can’t believe hit and run accidents are on the rise.

We talked to an artist who only travels on his bike. He says he encounters bad drivers all the time and he has to stay alert to stay safe. “See who to watch and see where the blinker’s on, how fast they going. When I’m riding, I look back because you hear a car when it’s coming so I get on the side.”

Most walkers and bikers we caught up with say they’re paying more attention than normal because of recent hit and runs, like the one involving two year old Christopher Armstrong who was hit by a car and left for dead. He’s getting better but the car that ran him down is still on the streets of Baton Rouge. Police say walkers and bikers should always pay close attention to what’s going on.

If you have any information about the recent hit and runs in our area, the police want to hear from you. You can call Baton Rouge Crimestoppers at 344-STOP.