Fatal Hit & Run: Family still looking for answers 3 years later - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Fatal hit and run: Family still looking for answers 3 years later

Gayle Musk (Source: Family) Gayle Musk (Source: Family)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It was Oct. 16, 2009 around 2 a.m. that Gayle Musk, 47, was hit by a truck while walking on Gulf Highway just north of Gauthier Road. The driver never stopped.

"I mean it was just a shock. I couldn't believe that it happened to my sister," said Michelle Fontenot.

Gayle would die later that day from her injuries. Three years later her family is still trying to come to terms with what happened.

"It's hard because I have to pass this area everyday because I live south of here. Just knowing what she went through," explained Gayle Fontenot, Gayle's mother.

At the time of the accident a witness driving in the distance told Louisiana State Police it was a truck that hit Gayle, however, they were not able to give a make or model.

Days later police thought they got the break that would solve the case. Surveillance video from a business just a couple of blocks away shows what police believe is the suspect vehicle: A late 90s to early 2000s Ford F-250 white in color, extended cab. Police say in the video it shows one passenger exiting the vehicle on foot with the driver continuing on.

Police said the truck had damage to the front. With the case getting colder by the day Gayle's mother said she always looking, "Twice I've seen one that I thought was the vehicle that was involved and I called State Police and they came and looked at it and investigated but it wasn't the right one."

As her family prepares for another Christmas without Gayle they are appealing to anyone who knows something to come forward.

"I mean we understand that this person didn't hit her on purpose. It was an accident, but when this person chose to drive away and leave my sister to die alone - that wasn't an accident. And our family needs closure. We need to find out who did this," said Michelle.

"I just don't know how they could sleep at night - whoever did this. Knowing that they killed someone like that and just kept on going," said Gayle.

If you have information that can help with this case you're asked to call Louisiana State Police at 491-2511.

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