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Charges not ruled out for driver who hit 12-year old

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BATON ROUGE - Investigators have not ruled out possible charges for the driver who hit a 12-year-old boy walking to a school bus stop Wednesday morning.

The child is currently in the hospital fighting for his life. The wreck happened on Evangeline Street near North Foster. Neighbors who live near where the wreck happened say the area is dangerous.

"We've had three wrecks here in less than two months times," George Marks said.

Marks said a fire hydrant that the driver hit on Wednesday was recently replaced after another wreck. The stretch of road is straight which leaves him puzzled as to why people crash there. The driver blamed her car, saying it was a mechanical issue. She was not charged at the time of the wreck. One area mechanic believes a wreck like the one yesterday could have been prevented. 

"You can feel it," Mechanic Mario Gray said. "If your vehicle is shaking or if it's just down on that side, take it to a certified mechanic and get it checked out."

Gray said mechanics at his shop will quickly check vehicles for free, and others will too.

"It's your vehicle," Gray said. "You've got to get it checked taken care of like your body. If something doesn't feel right on your body you want to get it checked out by a doctor...so go and get it checked out by a certified mechanic or tire shop and make sure everything is safe."

Currently, Baton Rouge Police are checking the road, checking the car, and not ruling out anything. Charges are also not being ruled out. When the wreck happened, the driver was given a breath test which detected no alcohol. However, WBRZ has learned a blood test was not administered which would have detected anything else in the driver's system.

As people in the neighborhood reflect on a child hit on his way to school, they hope the wreck serves as a lesson to the driver responsible and other drivers to be more mindful of their cars.

"I think you should have done something with your vehicle...had your vehicle safer," Marks said. "That way the accident probably wouldn't have happened."

Grief counselors were at the Westdale Middle once again today. Relatives of the driver told WBRZ their family was not interested in talking to us. The name of the driver and the 12-year old were not released.


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