A 54-year-old Louisiana woman suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a vehicle on Dec. 29. The supposed driver of the vehicle involved in this fatal pedestrian accident failed to remain at the scene. Police believe the responsible party is now in custody.
From evidence gathered at the scene, Louisiana authorities were able to determine the make and model of the vehicle that struck the woman. The identification of the vehicle, a white Dodge pickup truck, led them to a pickup truck owned by a Chalmette man. The vehicle had sustained damage consistent with the evidence obtained by investigators.
It is believed the owner of the pickup truck was driving the night the woman was run down. An arrest warrant was issued, and the 70-year-old man turned himself in to police on New Year’s Day. He faces charges of negligent homicide, reckless operation and an additional felony charge for hit-and-run.
No other information regarding the victim was reported. It is not known how long she was on Louisiana 46 before she was found or if she could have survived with immediate medical care. More information may become available after police complete their investigation.
As the criminal case in connection with this fatal pedestrian accident progresses, the victim’s family may receive answers to any lingering questions they may have regarding the accident. If a conviction is secured, the family may use that conviction in any related civil action as evidence of the driver’s negligence. If negligence is proved, the family could be awarded for damages by the court.