Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes and Kills Pedestrian in St. Bernard Parish

Posted: April 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

Violet – Shortly before 10:30 pm on April 22, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop B began investigating a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian that resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred on LA Hwy 39 (East Judge Perez Dr.) near the intersection of Caluda Lane in St. Bernard Parish. 53-year-old Stacy M. Billiot of Chalmette was killed as a result.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that Billiot was either standing or walking in the left lane of the westbound side of LA Hwy 39. As he was standing or walking in the lane of travel, an unknown westbound vehicle struck Billiot. After striking Billiot, the unknown driver of the vehicle fled the scene. Billiot was transported from the scene by ambulance to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he ultimately succumbed to injuries received as a result of the crash.

This crash remains under investigation. Troopers ask that anyone with any information regarding this crash please contact Louisiana State Police Troop B at 504-471-2775.

Pedestrians are urged to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near the road. Simple precautions such as wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, and walking a safe distance from travel lanes while facing oncoming traffic could help prevent many pedestrian related crashes.

Troopers would also like to take this opportunity to remind drivers of the consequences of hit-and-run driving. Whoever commits the crime of hit-and-run driving when death or serious bodily injury is a result can be fined up to five thousand dollars, imprisoned with or without hard labor up to ten years, or both. More info on the hit-and-run driving law can be found at https://www.legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=78226.

Contact Information:

Sgt. Jared L. Sandifer

Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section

Office: (225) 925-6202