Sunbather run over by police on beach

NEW ORLEANS (CNN/WVUE) — Family members are praying for a woman who was run over by a police truck while she was sunbathing on the beach in Louisiana with a friend.

Lindsey Gordon, 24, has been undergoing multiple surgeries, since she was rolled over by a pickup truck driven by a Grand Isle police officer on Thursday afternoon. Doctors are repairing a shattered pelvis and internal bleeding on the woman who just wanted to spend a day at the beach.

“They had just got there and laid down, and my daughter was the one who saw him coming and she screamed,” said Gordon’s mother, Suzanne Baggett. “The other girl rolled out of the way but she didn’t have time to move out of the way and the truck was on her, you know ran over her.”

Gordon was struck by a police pickup driven by Officer Norris Esponge. He is now on administrative leave.

Gordon’s family wants state police to handle the investigation into the accident involving their daughter.

State police are handling certain aspects of the investigation, but Grand Isle Police performed toxicology tests on officer Esponge.

“The toxicology is something the police department was requiring for their driver, and they’re handling that,” said Sgt. Nick Manale with Louisiana State Police. “If part of this investigation, which still has not been completed, if they feel the driver was in any form unsafe to be operating the vehicle, that’s in any crash investigation, whether it’s a minor fender-bender or a serious crash, we will always obviously take into account the condition of the driver.”

“I just don’t see how he could not see them laying there,” Baggett said.

The Grand Isle Police Department says Esponge has been cooperating with investigators. State troopers say they don’t believe he was intoxicated before the incident.

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