UPDATE: [9:30 p.m. 12/13/2016]
Hope and Ben Merchant were driving on Brownlee Rd. Tuesday afternoon behind a school bus, when they witnessed a horrific accident unfold before their eyes.
“I was very scared, I didn’t know what was going on,” Ben said. ” I thought it was a dream. It didn’t seem real to me.”
63-year-old, Linda Murphy, and her two-year-old grandchild were hit by a car that swerved onto the side of the road to avoid the bus.
The driver then fled the scene. Students inside saw everything that happened.
“In the school bus- everyone was crying, standing up and calling their parents,” student Phillip Barmore said.
“When I looked out the window she was face first on the ground and the baby was crying and moving,” his sister Mallory added.
Parents were also shaken by the incident.
“I knew that they were physically ok, but I was just worried about what they had seen as a parent,” Mallory and Phillip’s Mother, Amanda, said. “You know how did it affect them mentally? Was it going to give them nightmares or how was it going to affect them in the long run.”
The victims are in serious condition at a hospital in Shreveport.
Hours later the alleged 19-year-old driver, Michael Dunn, turned himself in. He’s charged with hit-and-run driving and reckless operation of a vehicle.
When questioned by the police, an arrest report stated he told them he smoked marijuana before the incident.
Records obtained by KTVE/KARD show that Dunn has a prior criminal history and was charged with possession of Marijuana last year. Those charges were later dropped.
While students, parents and witnesses are left shaken by the incident, may are glad it wasn’t worse.
“I’m just so thankful that they’re both alive,” witness Hope Merchant said. “It’s gonna be a long journey, but they seem to be like they’re going to be alright.”
Ouachita Parish Investigators have arrested the suspect involved in Monday’s pedestrian hit and run involving a woman and an infant.
Michael Dunn, age 19 of West Monroe was arrested on 1 ct. Felony Hit and Run Driving and 1 ct. Reckless Operation.
There is no new information on the condition of the pedestrian and infant and their identities are not being released at this time. The victims are both still hospitalized with serious injuries
OPSO is currently investigating an accident on Brownlee Rd. in Calhoun involving a vehicle and a pedestrian at a school bus stop.
Preliminary investigation indicates an adult female pedestrian, holding a young infant, was standing near the exit door of a school bus that was legally stopped to allow a child to exit, when the pedestrian was struck by an approaching vehicle.
The vehicle apparently veered onto the shoulder, struck the pedestrian and infant, then left the scene.
Both the pedestrian and the infant received injuries, believed non-life threatening at this time, and were transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Identities are not being released at this time.
Details are limited at this time. we will update you as more information becomes available.