Fatal Westlake hit and run

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - She was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Around 2:00am, two witnesses saw a woman walking in the middle of Myrtle Springs road in Westlake.  They stopped to help but she refused their assistance. It was a decision that cost her her life. These two witnesses called 911 to alert police of this potentially dangerous situation. But by that time it was too late. The woman in the street was hit by a truck.

"They drove a short distance and saw the other truck hit the lady. They came back and rendered aid to her," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff, Tony Mancuso.

But there was nothing they could do. Police say the victim died upon impact. Since then, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's office has began piecing the scene together to find out what really happened.

In the day time, walking in the street is no problem, but at night, with no lights, you can imagine how hard it would have been to see anything.

"She was walking in the middle of the street. It may have been unavoidable, but when you run it raises suspicions for other things," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

Mancuso says it is time for whoever was behind the wheel to come forward.

"It cannot get any better by hiding. It is only going to get worse. So now is your chance. This is the time to take responsibility. This is very tragic and it is a bad situation, but do not make that situation worse on yourself," said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.