Hit and run still unsolved

January 27, 2006
By Theresa Schmidt

The man who was planning his wife's funeral when he was killed by a hit and run driver was remembered today-- along with his wife. A service for both Bette and Howard Livingston was held this afternoon.  Family members still hope someone will help police solve the mystery of who killed Howard.

"Mama B" and "Baby Ruth" or "Pop" Livingston are the names those closest to the couple called them. Family and friends came to pay respects during a funeral service at Fondel Memorial Chapel on Lyons Street. Bettie died of a lengthy illness,  but Howard was killed by a hit and run driver just after making plans for his wife's funeral.

His sister, Veronica Duhon, says she can find forgiveness in her heart, but she explains,"I just, I'm baffled no one has come forward to put my mind at rest and my heart at ease. I'm just wishing we can put this to an end. Please someone come forward. I know it was an accident and I can forgive. I just need to see the person who actually committed this crime."

She says her brother and sister-in-law were good people. "My brother worked for the City of Lake Charles for about 30 years. My sister-in-law worked for the Sheriff's Department for about 20 years. My brother never harmed anybody. My sister-in-law, she was a crossing guard for the Sheriff's Department, school crossing guard."

She pleads for anyone with information to come forward. "Please, please if you have any information. Please, call the police department, call me, just come forward, anybody, please I'm begging, I'm begging. Please."

And so do they send Bettie and Howard Livingston to their enternal rest,  though there will be no peace for those who loved them until the mystery of Howards's death is solved.

Howard Livingston was struck by a car while crossing Broad Street at Rhodes Street around 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 18th. Anyone who saw anything that might help solve the case should call Lake Charles Police at 491-1311.