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Troopers Make Arrest in Jefferson Parish Hit and Run Fatality

UPDATE: Troopers Make Arrest in Jefferson Parish Hit and Run Fatality

Jefferson – Troopers with the assistance of the public and evidence collected at the scene on the night of the crash, were able to locate and arrest 36-year-old Adrian Cortez Velasquez of New Orleans. Velasquez will be booked at Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on charges of: Negligent Homicide (Felony), Hit and Run (Felony), Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle (Misdemeanor) and No Driver’s License (Misdemeanor).

Just after 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B began investigating a two vehicle fatal hit and run crash US 90 (Jefferson Hwy) near Scott Street in Jefferson Parish. The crash claimed the life of 77-year-old Wayne Greiner of River Ridge.

Troopers initial investigation revealed that a 2005 Dodge pickup was traveling northbound on LA 3046 in the left lane near Scott Street. At the same time, Greiner was traveling southbound on LA 3046 in a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban, also in the left lane near Scott Street. For reasons still under investigation, the Dodge pickup crossed the median into on-coming traffic and struck Greiner’s vehicle. Greiner was transported to a local area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the dodge pickup was last seen exiting the vehicle and fleeing on foot south on LA 3046 where he then entered a silver SUV near Frank H. Lemon playground. It is unknown if impairment was a factor in the crash however, a toxicology test will be performed following an autopsy.

Troopers are actively following leads pertaining to the driver of the Dodge pickup and we do urge anyone with any additional information to please contact Louisiana State Police Troop B at 504-471-2775. This crash remains under investigation and there is no further information available at this time.

Troop B has investigated 14 fatal crashes resulting in 17 deaths since the beginning of 2021.