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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Shreveport Police say a young girl was struck by a police patrol car Thursday morning.
It happened just before 7:00 a.m. on East Stoner Ave. near Cornwell Ave. That's near the Salvation Army's main office, where the victim and her family have been staying while the get back on their feet.
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 listed in serious condition. Sources tell us that Dymond and her little brother were crossing Stoner Avenue to get to their bus stop when the accident happened. Her brother was not hurt.
Shreveport police say they crash are investigating the accident, and will review dash cam video.
Sgt. Johnson, a 17-year veteran of the force, was not injured, but was transported by a police supervisor for a routine post-crash screening in accordance with departmental policy.
Caddo Schools Director of Communications Victor Mainiero confirms Wilson is a student at Broadmoor Middle School. K.C. Kilpatrick-Stone with the Salvation Army added, "The main thing I'd like personally to get out is that she's a straight A student. She comes from a lovely family that works hard and tries to do the best they can and it's just a traffic accident."
KSLA News 12 is told that Wilson had made that very same street crossing for the last several months with no problems, before getting hit on Thursday morning. She and others describe the stretch of Stoner Avenue as deceptively dangerous because some drivers simply go too fast there, especially in a part of town where so many Highland area residents walk so much.
Make sure to stay with KSLA News 12 and ksla.com for continuing updates on this story.