A man and a woman were injured Thursday in a hit-and-run on East Boyd Drive, a narrow two-lane road where several pedestrians have been struck while trying to make their way home from nearby bars and restaurants.
The incident on Thursday happened just after 2 a.m. when a 19-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were walking in the middle of the 600 block of East Boyd, Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Stone said.
Mark Almon, 21, struck the couple with his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck after he drove it out of a nearby restaurant’s parking lot and onto East Boyd, Stone said.
Almon did not stop after hitting the man and woman, but he surrendered to authorities about 12 hours later, Stone said.
Almon, 1120 Etta Drive, St. Gabriel, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of felony hit and run.
The victims, whose identities were not released, were taken to a hospital where they are being treated for their injuries, Stone said.
The woman is in critical condition, Stone said. The man is stable.
Several other pedestrians have been hurt in similar incidents along East Boyd.
“There’s a lot of foot traffic on that road and there are no sidewalks,” Stone said. “Patrons are forced to walk near the road or in it during heavy traffic times; that’s why this is happening.”
City-parish authorities have recommended that sidewalks be built along East Boyd between Burbank and Nicholson drives, said William Daniel, assistant chief administrative officer for Mayor-President Kip Holden and interim Department of Public Works director.
Money for the sidewalks is in the city-parish’s 2012 budget, which will go before the Metro Council for approval before the end of the year, Daniel said.
The cost of the sidewalks ranges from $350,000 to $700,000, depending on whether the road’s drainage system will have to be replaced because of the project, said Bryan Harmon, Department of Public Works deputy director.
Harmon said the city-parish began looking at putting in sidewalks seven months ago after two men walking across the 700 block of East Boyd around 2 a.m. were hit by a driver who fled and has not been found.
One of the men suffered minor injuries while the other was seriously injured, police have said.
East Boyd stretches seven blocks from Highland Road to Nicholson.
There are no sidewalks or shoulders on the road, and shallow ditches run along each side of the 700 block near Nicholson.