CPSO arrests suspect accused of hit and run fatality in Moss Bluff

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 2:56 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Bentley A. Stewart, 43, has been arrested and accused of being responsible for the hit and run death of 62-year-old Brian Matte.

On Friday, May 6, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Joe Miller Road and Highway 171 in Moss Bluff where they found Matte unresponsive in a ditch, authorities said.

“Something caught my eye on the left side of my truck, and it looked like landscaping lighting, like someone hit with their car, I don’t know, toppled over,” Joey Cahill said.

As one of the first on the scene, Cahill said he would soon realize what looked like landscaping lighting was actually parts of a bicycle.

As Cahill and others searched the area, they made another discovery.

“And then, you know, we immediately knew it was a body,” Cahill said.

Detectives believed Matte was travelling eastbound on a bicycle when he was struck by an unknown vehicle from behind, authorities said.

Matte was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

“We were able to piece together at least someone we felt like was in the vicinity and could be a possible suspect,” Sheriff Tony Mancuso said.

Mancuso said they made an arrest with the help of a nearby stores video surveillance. He said Stewart appeared to have hit Matte with his vehicle, pulled into the store parking lot and left before hitting another vehicle in the parking lot.

“We start piecing all of this together, and he actually dropped a debit card in the parking lot, so we were able to get that and use all of that to piece it together,” Mancuso said.

During the initial investigation, CPSO deputies arrested Stewart for driving under the influence near the area where the hit and run occurred.

While incarcerated for his third DWI offense, Stewart was additionally charged with vehicular homicide; hit & run death or serious bodily injury; and limitations on passing bicycles.

Stewart’s total bond is $391,000.

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