Three young men from Ville Platte, La., are still recovering from their injuries after being hit by a truck while walking along North Chataignier Street. However, to add insult to injury, the three are now facing charges, while the driver is not.
According to KATC, Deonte Williams, 21; Cody Mayes, 19; and Tevin Wilson, 17, are all nursing scrapes, bruises and staples, but they are even more upset that they have been fined for not wearing reflective clothing at night and are also facing charges of obstructing a public passage.
“I just wake up; my cousin [is] telling me, ‘Don’t get up,’ and I was just full of blood,” Williams recalled of being hit by the truck. “When I wake up, I don’t see nobody with the truck there. I don’t see nothing but the ambulance leaving with me.”
Police are pointing the finger at the trio for being in the roadway and not wearing reflective gear, citing a city ordinance that requires pedestrians to wear reflective garments after dark if walking.
All I know is that road safety is one thing, and it is extremely important to be sure, but this seems highly ridiculous.
Anyway, Williams told KATC that he and the others were walking on the side of the road near the grass when they were hit from behind.
Wilson told another news station, KADN, that if it weren’t for the fact that nearby residents started coming out of their houses after the incident, the driver probably would have left the scene.
“At first, he was going to keep going … everyone started coming out of their house, but if they didn’t come out of their house, I really believe he was going to keep going,” he said.
But the young men are just hoping that their charges are dropped.
“I guess the Lord got to work in his own way,” Williams told KATC.