WEST MONROE, La. - UPDATE (9/14/18): Carlos Williams is the father and boyfriend to the victims of a hit and run. He was home fixing up their trailer when they were hit.
"I just think I should have just locked up everything and just you know went with them," Williams said tearfully.
Wednesday night, the people Carlos Williams love the most, were almost taken from him. His girlfriend Nikki Stephens and their two sons,four-year-old JJ Williams and seven-year-old Lee Williams, went to church at the Gathering and as they were on his way home; they were hit.
"I heard that noise, that thump noise, I'm thinking it's a wreck," he said.
It was a wreck but even worse he heard cry's for help and a voice he recognized immediately. Williams recalls how he could hear his boy screaming, that's when he came rushing down only to find his son and his girlfriend lying in a ditch.
"I see her laying in the water, she's laying in the water just face up like this and my other son was in the water, he was just, I guess he was trying to pull his self up," Williams said.
Stephens and the boys were allegedly hit by Sharon Sanders who police say sped away from the scene. They were able to locate her at her home Thursday morning. They say there was evidence from the crash still on her suv: blood stains, pieces of clothing and damage across the front.
"I feel like I wasn't there, you know what I'm saying, for them," said Williams.
This incident comes after the family was already struggling to make ends meet. Williams was laid off last year and has been mowing grass to earn a few bucks, but it's just not enough. So now, he's asking for help.
"I just thought I just didn't need much of help, but come to find out that everybody need help."
JJ sustained a fractured hand and Lee has a broken leg and staples in his arm. Stephens, has three fractures in her t-spine, a cut on her kidney and staples in her head.
If you want to help the family you can write a check made payable to The Gathering, with a memo to the Stephens/Williams Family.
You can also call Melanie Baker at 318-789-9089.
UPDATE (9/14/18): Louisiana State Police have arrested a woman in regards to a hit and run involving two pedestrians in West Monroe.
Sharon Sanders was arrested on Thursday, September 13, 2018.
According to the arrest report, troopers responded to a hit and run accident involving two injured pedestrians on Highway 80 near Parkdale Drive.
Both victims were air lifted to LSU Shreveport for moderate injuries.
Prior to the crash, West Monroe Police Department received a call in reference to a reckless driver on I-20 at the 113 mile post.
The vehicle was reportedly a silver Honda Passport bearing license plate number 231CFO. The driver reportedly made a right turn on Well Road heading towards Cypress Street.
Witness testimony of the crash revealed the suspect's vehicle to be a silver SUV style vehicle.
The vehicle reportedly sped away from the scene.
At the scene, troopers located a passenger's side view mirror, a radio antenna and broken headlight glass indicating contact on the front right portion of the vehicle.
On Thursday, September 13, troopers received a call from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office regarding a possible match of the suspect's vehicle at a home address.
Once troopers arrived at the home address, they saw a silver Honda Passport bearing license plate number 231CFQ. The Honda was missing a passenger's side view mirror, a radio antenna, had a broken headlight and body damage to the front right portion of the vehicle.
The vehicle also had remnants of clothing attached to the hood and blood was seen on the hood and fender.
Troopers then spoke with the owner, identified as Sharon Sanders.
When Sanders was asked about the damage, she admitted she was driving on Highway 80 on September 12 and knowingly struck an unknown object at the exact location of the crash.
Sanders said she turned around to look for what she hit, but did not see anything, so she went home.
Sanders also admitted to taking a Lortab, which was not prescribed to her, prior to the crash.
Sanders said she takes these pills regularly.
Sanders is currently booked in the Ouachita Correctional Center on one count of careless operation, two counts of negligent injuring and one count of a hit and run.
Her bond has been set at $10,750.00.
(9/13/18) Louisiana State Police are asking for the public's help in locating a vehicle involved in a hit and run Wednesday night involving two pedestrians.
LSP Troop F says the incident happened around 8:00 p.m. on Highway 80 just west of Well Road.
Troopers say two people were walking on the road near the shoulder when a vehicle drove onto the shoulder and struck them.
Injuries are said to be non-life threatening, but the pedestrians were sent to a local hospital for treatment.
Anyone with information about this accident can contact Troop F at 318-345-0000.
Read the full press release below:
On September 12, 2018, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash involving a two pedestrians on US Hwy 80 just west of Well Road. The preliminary investigation three pedestrians were walking on the eastbound shoulder of US Hwy 80 on the westbound shoulder. A vehicle drove onto the shoulder and struck two of the three pedestrians that were walking and fled the scene. The pedestrians received non-life threatening injuries but were taken to a local hospital. Witnesses at the scene stated, the vehicle that fled the scene was a silver or white Toyota 4 Runner and should have damage to the front right side and also damage to the mirror. Anyone with information about this crash can contact Troop F at 318-345-0000
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