A Caddo Parish man has been arrested and is in jail in connection with a hit and run crash that killed a man from Natchitoches Parish. According to reports released by Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred on Louisiana Highway 117 near Vernon Wester Road in Provencal.
Preliminary inquiry indicates that the alleged driver was driving a 2008 Toyota Tundra pickup truck on Louisiana Highway 117 at a high rate of speed. His truck struck the rear end of the victim’s 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. The crash was so severe that it caused the Chevrolet S-10 to veer into the southbound lane, hit a bridge guardrail, go flying, move through a trench, go flying again, hit a tree and then coming to a rest overturned. The victim was rescued from the vehicle and then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, he was declared dead upon arrival.
The driver of the Toyota did not stop immediately and continued northward on Louisiana Highway 117, left the highway and struck several mailboxes before finally coming to a stop after hitting a tree. The driver then attempted to flee the scene but was chased by citizens and police. Allegedly, the driver was impaired at the time of the accident. He was taken to the nearby hospital and treated for minor bodily injuries.
The driver has been charged with vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated, hit-and-run accident, obstructing an officer in duty, damage to property, having an open container in the vehicle and holding no driver’s license, one count each.
Being involved in any mishap is a painful experience. From damage to vehicle and property to life-threatening injuries and even death, losses from an accident can add up. If you have been involved in an accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for the personal losses and the financial sufferings. You may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages and the pain and suffering you have endured due to loss of a dear one.