Fatal Hit-and-Run in Westlake

By Britney Glaser - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - New from overnight: there's been a fatal hit and run in Westlake involving a pedestrian.  Right now, the identity of the victim is not being released, but we do know it's a woman, around the age of 40 who had been spotted by witnesses a few moments earlier walking in the middle of the dark Myrtle Springs Road.

7News was on the scene early this morning as Calcasieu Sheriff's officers and the Forensic Investigation Unit were combing the area for details. Details that will hopefully lead to finding the person responsible.

Around 2:00 A.M. Thursday, a 911 call came in from two people on Myrtle Springs Road, just north of Houston River Road in Westlake.  The callers stated that they had seen a woman in a dangerous situation.

"The witnesses called 911 to say there was a lady in the middle of the road that could possibly get hit," says Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, "they were concerned about her well-being. They had tried to stop her to ask her if she needed some help and she refused any help."

As these two people remained on the phone with 911, they saw what they had feared take place.  "They drove a short distance and saw the other truck that appeared to hit the lady," says Sheriff Mancuso, "so they turned around to render aid to her and called police."

Sheriff Mancuso says the woman, whose identity is not yet being released, was pronounced dead on the scene.  At this point, the Calcasieu Forensic Investigation Unit is working to recreate the scene of the crime to figure out exactly what happened and who's responsible.  "What we're looking for is a silver, possible GM truck," says Sheriff Mancuso, "possibly raised up, 4-wheel drive with markings on the side that may say Z-71 or 4x4."

Sheriff Mancuso says now is the time for the person behind the wheel to come forward, because charges will only heighten as more time elapses.  "People get scared," says Sheriff Mancuso, "and we would ask that the person involved in this accident - don't make it worse on yourself - turn yourself in and let's get to the bottom of it. And let's don't make it worse than it already is."

The woman's body is now at the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office where an autopsy is being performed.  Toxicology tests are also pending.

In the meantime, if anyone has any information about this fatal hit-and-run, you're urged to contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Department at 491-3700.

*Sheriff Mancuso says it's not definite that the truck involved was a GM model.  He says if you see a silver truck with suspicious damage to the driver's side front end, report it.  The more leads the Sheriff's Office receives, the closer they'll get to identifying the responsible person.