BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents arrested Chris Richard, 64, for a felony hit and run, careless operation of a vessel, and negligent injury that sent one child to the hospital.
Richard was allegedly operating a 20-foot pontoon boat when he hit three kids that were being pulled on a tube from another vessel in False River on Aug. 8.
According to witnesses and those involved with the incident, Richard initially jumped in the water to check on the three juveniles, but then got back on his boat and left the scene to go back to his camp on False River and then home to Carencro. One of the juveniles in the tube suffered a fractured pelvis and was airlifted to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge.
Richard is booked in the Pointe Coupee Parish Jail. A felony hit and run can be up to a $5,000 fine and 10 years in jail according to authorities and negligent injury carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail. The press release also sights that careless operation of a vessel brings up to a $300 fine and 30 days in jail.
Agents interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, some still at the scene after the incident, and others were located days later.