Two black teens and a black man were recently charged with misdemeanors after they were hit by a truck driver in Ville Platte, Louisiana.
The truck driver was not charged for hitting the three African-Americans who were cited for allegedly not wearing reflective clothing at night and obstructing a public passage.
One of the victims, 21-year-old Deonte Williams, told KATC: “For me to find out that this guy gets to just go home, we all get some misdemeanors and nothing happened to him. I’m upset about it.”
Williams, 19-year-old Cody Mayes and 17-year-old Tevin Wilson were walking in area that did not have sidewalks.
“I just wake up; my cousin [is] telling me, ‘Don’t get up,’ and I was just full of blood,” Williams recalled. “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 said the truck driver claimed that he was blinded by the headlights of an oncoming vehicle.
Williams said that he and the two teens they were walking on the side of the road near the grass and two others were walking in the grass: “[The driver] must have had his lights off and going pretty fast because it hit all three of us.”