2 children injured in Mandeville hit and run; suspect arrested

2 children injured in Mandeville hit and run; suspect arrested
31-year-old Joel Evans Cairns surrendered to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office in connection with a hit and run that left two children injured. (Source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office)

MANDEVILLE, La. (WVUE) - A suspect has been arrested in connection with a hit and run crash that left two children injured in Mandeville Friday, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the intersection of Beau Chene Drive and Oak Drive around 5:30 p.m. after a call stating that an SUV struck two children riding a bicycle before fleeing the scene.

The two juveniles, a 13-year-old and a 6-year-old, were transported to a local hospital. The 13-year-old suffered non-life threatening injures. The 6-year-old was airlifted to Southshore Hospital in critical condition.

The suspect, 31-year-old Joel Evans Cairns, turned himself in to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Saturday morning.

Cairns has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on two counts of felony hit and run, one count of careless operation and one count of driving under suspension.

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