Pedestrian killed in East Baton Rouge Parish hit and run crash

Published 12:01 pm Thursday, July 8, 2021

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Baton Rouge – Shortly before 2 a.m. on July 8, 2021, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal hit and run crash involving a pedestrian on LA Hwy 946 (Joor Road) at the intersection of Mickens Road in East Baton Rouge Parish. The crash took the life of 41-year-old David Copening of Baton Rouge.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Copening was walking southbound on LA Hwy 946. While Copening was walking, he was struck by an unknown vehicle. After striking Copening, this vehicle fled the crash scene.

Copening sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. As part of the ongoing investigation, a toxicology sample was obtained from Copening for analysis.

Troopers are now asking for your assistance in locating the hit and run vehicle and driver.  Troopers urge anyone with any information regarding this crash to contact Louisiana State Police Troop A at 225-754-8500.