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Family of teen struck by SPD cruiser asks for support

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Jermone Houston continues to fight to stay alive at LSU Medical Center.

Houston, 16, was riding on the handle bars of a bicycle on Tuesday when he was hit by a Shreveport Police patrol unit traveling along North Market. According to the family, Houston now suffers from serious brain trauma.

Though his family is hopeful he will pull through, the medical bills are piling up. They are worried they will not be able to afford the treatment he needs.

"I would like to thank everybody who is praying for my son. My son has brain injuries. He needs lots of treatment that I can't afford. I'm trying to raise money so my son can be treated," said Jermone's mother Mary Adger.

The family is working to setup a donation account in Shreveport to help cover costs. Family Friend, Crystal green says they will especially need support now that doctors are telling them Jermone may need to be transported to New Orleans for further treatment.

"If anyone could, it could be $1, fifty cents, it does not matter. Just help us out so we can get the right treatment that he needs," said Green.

Meanwhile, crash investigators are working to find out if this accident could have been prevented.

Lt. Bartlett, a 26-year veteran of the force, was driving the car that struck Houston, but he was not injured. Bartlett was taken by a police supervisor for routine post-crash screening in accordance with department policy. He has been placed on administrative leave.

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