GRAND ISLE, La. — This is why you need one of those really bright, loud, neon beach towels and some really loud music at the beach. Louisiana sunbather Lindsey Gordon was relaxing on Grand Isle in Louisiana — you know, catching some rays, not worrying about a thing — that is, until the assistant police chief came along in his marked police truck and plowed right over the 24-year-old, reports AL.com.
Grand Isle Police Assistant Chief Norris Esponge is on administrative leave pending a state police investigation, though state police spokesman Sgt. Nick Manale says that “no impairment is suspected,” reports NOLA.com; Esponge simply did not see Lindsey lying there.
Another rep says Esponge made a pass of the beach once in the truck, variously described as a Ford F-150 and F-250, but he didn’t see Gordon or her friend when he doubled back.
WGNO earlier reported that Manale described Gordon’s injuries as “moderate,” but WVUE is now reporting that Gordon has undergone multiple surgeries to repair a shattered pelvis and deal with internal bleeding.
Meanwhile, her family is in shock. Gordon’s mother, Suzanne Baggett, says the two women had “just got there and laid down,” and that her daughter screamed but “didn’t have time to get out of the way and … got rolled over.” Her friend managed to escape unscathed.
Gordon “screamed to get him to stop,” a relative of the friend tells WVUE.
This article originally appeared on Newser: ‘She Screamed’: Sunbather Run Over by Police Truck