by Nicolas Cotten
LSU Police Department Maj. Bart Thompson will not be charged with a hit and run by the LSUPD for his collision with LSU student Paulina Tran last Thursday because the accident did not fall into the definition of a hit and run, according to LSUPD Spokesman Capt. Cory Lalonde.
Thompson said in his statement that upon feeling his car hit something, he exited the vehicle, looked for damage, did not see any and drove away, according to Lalonde,
Lalonde said a hit and run is the intentional failure of the driver to stop his or her vehicle at the scene of the accident, give his or her identity and attempt to help the person who was hit.
Lalonde said Thompson’s statement claims the major was unaware of the contact with Tran’s vehicle, believing he ran over something related to construction in the area.
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