The investigation revealed that a pedestrian, Darryl Gorden, 47, of Edgar, La., was struck and killed while walking in or near the southbound lane of LA 18, Harrell said.
It is unclear if Gorden was walking northbound or southbound at the time he was struck.
After the hit and run vehicle struck Gorden, it fled the scene, saif Harrell.
Gorden was discovered by an unknown person who called the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office around 12:30 p.m. Feb. 7.
Gorden was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. John Parish Coroner’s Office, Tfc. Harrell said.
Gorden, who was wearing dark clothing, was last seen around 7 p.m. Wednesday and was most likely struck sometime that night or early Thursday morning, reports LSP.
State Police does not have any information on the hit and run vehicle at this time.
Alcohol use is suspected to be factor for Gorden, Harrell said. Routine toxicology tests are pending, and this crash remains under investigation.
If anyone has information in regards to this hit and run fatality, please contact:
-Louisiana State Police at (985) 857-3680
-St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 359-TIPS(8477)
-Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111
Pedestrians should always be aware of their surroundings and make sure to cross intersections and streets when it’s safe to do so. Remember to wear bright and reflective clothing when walking or bicycling at night.
Bicycles must also have a lamp mounted on the front that shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front. They should also have a lamp mounted on the rear that will emit either a flashing or steady red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear, LSP says.
Motorists who witness hazardous situations are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the Louisiana State Police.