Family of woman run over on Grand Isle beach calls for State Police investigation

Published: Apr. 8, 2016 at 8:21 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 9, 2016 at 2:13 AM CDT
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Lindsey Gordon, 24, was run over by a Grand Isle Police officer while sunbathing on the beach....
Lindsey Gordon, 24, was run over by a Grand Isle Police officer while sunbathing on the beach. Now, her family is calling for a State Police investigation.

GRAND ISLE, LA (WVUE) - The family of a Hammond woman who was run over by a Grand Isle Police officer while sunbathing are calling for a State Police Investigation. Meanwhile, doctors are working to save her life.

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

"They had just got there and laid down," said said Suzanne Baggett, Lindsey Gordon's mother. "My daughter saw her coming and she screamed. She didn't have time to get out of the way and she got rolled over."

Officer Norris Esponge was the police officer behind the wheel.

He works in a police department currently under investigation and Gordon's family wants Louisiana State Police to handle the investigation into the accident involving their daughter.

"I would like to see somebody other than Grand Isle take care of it," said Linda Ritchie, Lindsey's grandmother.

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

"The toxicology test is something the police department was required for their driver and they're handling that," said state police spokesman, trooper Nick Manale.

Though Grand Isle says it's handling the toxicology test on officer Esponge, State police say they are supervising this investigation.

"As part of this investigation, which is still being completed, if we feel the driver was in any form unsafe to be operating the motor vehicle... which is part of any crash investigation... we will take that into account..." Manale said.

Officer Esponge is now, on administrative leave.

State police say their investigation will likely wrap up next week.

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