Hit-and-run accident on Louisiana highway leads to arrest

Two vehicles collided in the early hours of Aug. 3 on LA 108 near LA 27. Police arrived on the scene and found only one vehicle and an injured driver. A Dodge Ram truck was sitting on the shoulder of LA 108. It had been hit and damaged on the driver’s side by another vehicle making an improper turn. Troopers arranged for the driver to be transported to the hospital with a fractured back and pelvis and broken ribs.

Investigators at the scene used evidence to determine the other vehicle was a Ford F-250. Louisiana State Troopers checked with dealerships and repair shops regarding similar vehicles under repair. They found a Ford F-250 at a car dealership in Sulphur with damage that matched what investigators indicated the accident would have caused.

The 58-year-old owner of the damaged Ford was located at his home. He was arrested on a number of charges that included hit-and-run driving, failure to report an accident and negligent injuring. The driver admitted during questioning to being in the driver’s seat and leaving the scene of the accident to return home.

Unlike those involved in other types of car accidents, the victim of a hit-and-run car accident may not always know who else was involved in the incident. Cases like this one show that it can take a police investigation to locate everyone who was involved in the accident.

A lawyer may be able to help an injured driver or passenger get compensation for expenses related to their accident. These expenses could include, but might not be limited to, medical expenses, income loss and vehicle repair or replacement.

Source: KATC, “Troopers nab alleged hit-and-run at his Sulphur home”, Dave Fields, August 08, 2014

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