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Child hurt when car hits police cruiser

A police car in Louisiana was parked while the officer pulled over another driver. A third vehicle allegedly came up behind the two and rear-ended that squad car. The officer does not appear to have been injured, but an 11-year-old child was hurt.

A spokesperson for the Louisiana State Police did note that the person who was behind the wheel has been given a citation in the wake of the accident. It is for careless operation of a motor vehicle.

Reports claim that the first vehicle, in which the 11-year-old was a passenger, was speeding. That's why the officer initiated the traffic stop. The child was wearing a seat belt.

However, the third vehicle was allegedly out of control, and it slammed first into the police car and then into the stopped passenger car, hurting the child. Those injuries have been listed as "mild to moderate" and the child was taken to a local hospital. No other injuries were reported.

It is worth noting that the driver who caused the accident, while cited, was not arrested. The police did say that they might have to hand out more citations in the future, as the case draws to a close.

While there was a shooting in the area at the same time, police did not think the two incidents were related.

Accidents like this show just how quickly children can be injured, even when your car isn't moving, the child is wearing a seat belt and there are flashing warning lights to offer protection. Parents often feel helpless in these situations, but it's important, after the crash, to know if you have a right to financial compensation.

Source: The Times-Picayune, "State police vehicle struck, child injured in 3-way I-10 crash," Beau Evans, July 02, 2017

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