Under Louisiana law, drivers are obligated to stop and render aid, if possible. They must remain at the scene of a crash in which they are involved. When a driver fails to do so, it could prevent a victim from receiving timely medical assistance. This could have been the case in a recent fatal accident that took the life of a pedestrian.
The 22-year-old victim was walking north on Louisiana Highway 56 on the northbound side of the highway. As he approached a bridge, a vehicle struck him, and the driver then fled the scene. The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect vehicle was also traveling north at the time of crash and strayed over the fog line where the victim was walking.
Troopers with the Louisiana State Police believe that the vehicle was a green Ford F-150. It is estimated that it was manufactured in either the early 2000s or late 1990s. The pickup truck would most likely be damaged on the passenger side at or near the headlight area. The crash took place near the south side of Chauvin Bridge in Terrebonne Parish.
Once the vehicle and its driver are found, that person could face criminal charges in connection with this fatal accident. Separately, the family of the victim could file a wrongful death claim against the driver. If the evidence supports the fact that the pedestrian’s death was due to the negligence of the driver, the court will consider awarding damages to his family. No amount of money could replace the loved one they lost, but it could help with the financial losses that inevitably occur in these situations.
Source: washingtontimes.com, “State police seek suspect in fatal hit-and-run in Terrebonne“, June 18, 2016