Hit and run suspect arrested

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 15, 1999

By LEONARD GRAY / L’Observateur / Febuary 15, 1999

RESERVE – Aided by an anonymous tipster, St. John Parish sheriff’sdeputies arrested a Reserve man for the hit-and-run of a 36-year-old Garyville woman.

Sabrina Parrilla, 36, of 220 Little Hope St., was walking on River Road at2:15 a.m. on Feb. 7 when she was struck by a westbound pickup truck,according to Louisiana State Police.

Sean Roussel, spokesman for River Parishes Hospital, reported her condition as upgraded to guarded as of Friday morning.

Lt. Michael Tregre of the St. John Sheriff’s Office reported that a front-page story in Wednesday’s edition of L’Observateur prompted an anonymous tipster to phone police that same morning.

By Wednesday evening, George A. Dybendal Jr., 31, P.O. Box 2583., Reserve,was in custody. He has since been released on a $500 surety bond set by40th Judicial District Judge Mary Hotard Becnel.

Deputies were seeking a burgundy or maroon two-door Ford F-150 pickup truck with a broken headlight and a mounted tool box. Remnants of theheadlight were found at the accident scene.

The tipster told police where the vehicle could be found, and Lt. RickHylander of Patrol Division and Louisiana State Trooper Ryan Midkiff located the vehicle and collected physical evidence which led to the arrest, according to Tregre.

Parrilla and a female friend were walking from a dinner the PERO Building at Dupont and approached East 21st Street, when the accident occurred. Awitness told police she was knocked into the air and slammed down to the ground, sustaining a fractured skull, broken hip and pelvis and massive internal bleeding.

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