St. Landry

Jan 3, 2011 7:21 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Handicapped Sunset Man in Critical Condition After Hit and Run

A handicapped man is in critical condition after a hit-and-run accident. The accident happened Saturday morning. The driver of the vehicle was a mystery until today.
Sunset Chief of Police, Alexcie Guillory, said 20 year old Megan Young turned herself into police Monday morning. Young is the daughter of a Sunset pastor and was leaving his New Year's service when the accident happened. She told Chief Guillory she got scared after Saturday's accident.
He said she asked the victim if he was okay and told him "I don't have a phone on me, but I'm going to call for help. So she left and on her way back to the scene , there was so many cop cars that she panicked and went home."
Sunset is a small community where most people know one other. Residents say they often see one of the victim's 54 year old Cleveland Lemelle better known as "King Fish" around town in his wheelchair.
Sunset resident, J.J. Taylor said, "he'd shot pool every now and then with us at this senior citizen place right here."
That's where Lemelle was headed on New Year's. He was just a few hundred feet away on LA 93 when a vehicle hit him and his friend who was pushing him.
Taylor said he looked out his window and saw " some ambulances parked on LA 93 right here, and when I came out I saw two people laying on the road."
Lemelle and the other victim were on their way back from church when witnesses say a car sideswiped them both. The impact sent the Lemelle flying across the highway into a yard. The other victim was thrown on the highway.
Officials rushed to the scene, but the driver or was no where to be found.
Chief Guillory said, "we looked and we couldn't find, there was no evidence. There was nothing on the road."
More than two days after the accident, Young is being charged with hit and run as well as driving without insurance. Lemelle continues to fight for his life, the other victim is recovering at home with two broken arms.

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