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Pedestrian struck and killed in hit and run in Jefferson Parish

Metairie – On March 18, 2021, just before 8:00 pm, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B began investigating a fatal hit and run crash involving a pedestrian at US 61 northbound at Elm Street in Jefferson Parish. The crash claimed the life of 53-year-old Rogers Williams of Metairie.

The initial investigation by Troopers revealed Williams was either standing or walking in the northbound lanes of travel on US 61 near Elm Street. As he was standing or walking in the lane of travel, an unknown vehicle traveling northbound struck Williams. After striking Williams, the unknown driver of the vehicle fled the scene. Williams was transported from the scene to a local hospital where he ultimately succumbed to injuries received as a result of the crash. Impairment on Williams part is unknown however a standard toxicology sample will be pending through the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office.

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.