Back in March, a Louisiana woman was killed after being struck by not just one, but two vehicles. Both drivers involved in this fatal pedestrian accident failed to remain at the scene. It was only recently that police apprehended the two drivers believed to be involved in this tragedy.
Early on the morning of March 13, the 33-year-old victim was walking along Highway 182. Evidence at the scene indicated that she was hit first by a Dodge Ram pickup truck, whose driver then fled the scene. A second vehicle then struck her, and that driver fled as well.
Troopers with the Louisiana State Police apparently located evidence at the scene that was consistent with a Dodge Ram pickup truck. This evidence, along with leads and tips from the public, led them to a 46-year-old man. Investigators concluded that he was the driver of the Dodge Ram that struck the victim. He was taken into custody and faces charges of obstruction of justice and hit and run. His bond was set at $250,000 and was released after meeting its terms.
The second driver was a 25-year-old woman. After being taken into custody and charge with hit and run, the woman was released on $5,000 bond. Investigators did not indicate whether the woman might have lived if either driver had stopped.
Her family may never get that answer, but they may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the drivers involved. If the court determines that one or both drivers were negligent in a manner that caused or contributed to the fatality, it may then consider awarding the family monetary damages against any party found liable, consistent with other fatal pedestrian accident cases. A monetary judgment could provide the family with financial restitution for the losses incurred in this tragedy.