SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A man was arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of a crash that badly injured an 8-year-old boy. The crash was captured on surveillance footage.
The crash happened right at the intersection of Hollywood Avenue and Lucille Street, while the alleged driver was found less than half a mile away at a house near the corner of Broadway Avenue and Joe Louis Street. The video shows the moments just before the hit-and-run crash as a group of kids started to cross Hollywood Avenue shortly after 5:00 p..m. on Thursday afternoon.
Police arrested 55-year-old Floyd Scroggins on several charges including negligent injury with a vehicle, hit and run, and driving without insurance.
But all the kids can be seen as they hesitated and then stopped; all but one of them. That's when you see a white SUV come in from the right side of the screen and strike the 8-year-old boy on the left.
"I seen him fly. He flew and bounced on the ground like a basketball," recalled Jermanski Washington.
He works at the car wash right in front of the crash sight and recalled spotting the boy now lying on the street. "For about five minutes he was knocked out. But he came back to his senses and he started stretching and he was moaning," added Washington.
In fact, Washington told us it's very fortunate more people weren't hurt. "Like he came off the curb. I was standing right there. If I would have been right there like anywhere right there I would have been hit."
Next door to the car wash, Inside H&S Groceries, customer Frank Lester, Junior said he was standing right by the door when that white SUV hit the young boy.
"It didn't sound right when it hit. Something hit something. Just didn't sound good," said Lester.
He then described what he did next. "Run to the door and see what was going on. Ran out."
The boy was rushed to University Health.
Lester said it didn't take long before witnesses identified the driver of the white SUV that sped off from the scene. Not long afterwards officers arrived at the home of the suspected driver.
Police say witnesses played a key role in helping find Scroggins who happened to live just down the road from the crash.
The 8-year-old victim is expected to make a full recovery.