Berwick teen struck by truck

A Berwick teenager was hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle following the homecoming bonfire at Berwick High School Thursday night.

School officials said this morning that Lacey Menard, a freshman who is a member of the color guard, was struck about an hour after the rest of the students had cleared school property.

The girl was traversing La. 182 at the crosswalk when she was struck by a 2008 Nissan Titan driven in the eastbound lane by Donald Nicholas, 51, of Morgan City.

Nicholas had a green light and was not cited for any wrongdoing, Berwick Police Chief James Richard said.

The chief said witnesses saw Menard push the crosswalk signal button but said she did not wait for it to engage before crossing toward the Berwick Civic Center. She was knocked out of her shoes and into the grassy shoulder of the road.

The teen was treated and admitted at Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City for moderate injuries.

BHS Principal Buffy Fegenbush said students are concerned about Menard’s welfare, and are glad she’s going to recover.

Menard had surgery to repair a crushed femur, but was doing well this morning and is expected to be released Saturday, Fegenbush said.

In unrelated action, a Morgan City man was arrested Thursday for distribution of cocaine.

Joshua Johnson, 26, of Clements Lane was charged at 5:25 p.m. on a warrant for distribution of cocaine.

Sheriff Mark Hebert said Johnson already was in the parish jail on other charges. He was additionally charged and remained incarcerated this morning with no bond set.

Delisha J. Smith, 23, of Fifth Street in Berwick was arrested Thursday at 12:23 p.m. for theft by shoplifting.

Bayou Vista Wal-Mart store security told deputies they observed Smith concealing items valued at $46.10 in her purse, Hebert said.

She was issued a summons to appear in court Jan. 17.

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