Little girl struck at park, health reported good

Published 9:36 pm Tuesday, April 3, 2007

A little girl was struck by a car while crossing the road in front of Friendship Park and is reported to be in good health.

Picayune Police Deputy Chief David Ervin said the incident took place Thursday at about 6 p.m. as the five year-old girl was crossing the road. Ervin said the girl came out from between two parked cars when she was struck with the front bumper of a vehicle driven by Patrice Raymond, 29, 1210 Jackson Landing Rd., Apt. C 19.

The child, who was not identified, reportedly was thrown 10 to 15 feet by the impact and was taken to Highland Community Hospital where she was treated for minor cuts and abrasions on her legs, Ervin said. He did not have a complete report of the girl’s injuries since federal law and hospital regulations restrict public access to that information. The deputy police chief said he believed the girl was released from the hospital that evening.

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After the impact, Raymond is reported to have left the scene, Ervin said. She was located through the tag number and vehicle description provided by witnesses, he said. Raymond was charged with felony hit and run and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

City Manager Ed Pinero said there were speed limit signs in the area at the time of the accident and the city has installed additional signs to state the speed limit is 10 miles per hour along with crosswalks. The city plans to add more signs, speed bumps and crosswalks to the area to increase safety to the children who regularly come to the park, he said.