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SPD cruiser hits juveniles biking on North Market

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Shreveport Police say an officer in a cruiser struck two teens riding a bicycle Tuesday evening on North Market, causing serious injuries to one of them.

Police Cpl. Marcus Hines says it happened just before 6 p.m., as Shreveport Police Lt. Joseph Bartlett was driving his department issued 2010 Ford Crown Victoria southbound on North Market Street approaching Barton Drive.  Lt. Bartlett saw the male cyclist operating a bicycle with another passenger on the handlebars. According to police, the cyclist and passenger were traveling on the roadway, apparently attempting to cross North Market Street when the crash occurred. Lt. Bartlett swerved in an attempt to avoid the bicycle, but was unable to do so. That's when police say the cyclist and passenger collided with the driver's side of the police unit.

The 16-year-old that was riding on the handlebars was taken to LSU Medical Center in critical condition. He has since been identified as Jermone Houston. Updates on his condition are not available. 

Police say the teen that was driving the bike, identified as 15-year-old Kenyon Williams, initially left the scene and went to a nearby apartment complex. Authorities got a call for service there a short time later about a juvenile complaining of pain after being involved in an accident with a police cruiser. Williams was taken to LSU Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.

Lt. Bartlett, a 26-year veteran of the force, was not injured but was taken by a police supervisor for routine post-crash screening in accordance with departmental policy.

Crash investigators are working to find out if this accident could have been prevented.

"We make a determination if the accident is preventable or unpreventable," says Shreveport Police Cpl. Rodney Horton.

Horton tells KSLA News 12 that all officers are placed through intensive driving training to help their reaction time in similar situations.

Crash investigators responded to the scene and began the process of documenting the crash as well as collecting evidence. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

It is the second incident involving an SPD unit striking a juvenile in five days.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, police say a girl was struck by a patrol car just before 7 a.m. on East Stoner Avenue near Cornwell Avenue. That's near the Salvation Army's main office, where the victim and her family have been staying.

Police say Shreveport Police Sgt. Rodney Johnson was heading eastbound on East Stoner Ave. approaching Youree Drive in his department-issued 2012 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, when he topped a small hill at the intersection with Cornwell Avenue.

That's when he saw the girl in the roadway, but was unable to avoid hitting her with the police car.

11-year-old Dymond Wilson was taken to LSU Hospital, where she is now listed in fair condition.

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