Man arrested for East Baton Rouge hit and run

Published 4:17 pm Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Update: After continued investigation into this fatal hit and run crash, Troopers arrested 47-year-old Shawn Andre of Baton Rouge. After conducting a thorough investigation and reviewing all of the evidence, Troopers were able to determine that Andre was the driver of the vehicle that struck Copening. On July 12, 2021, an arrest warrant was obtained for Andre for violating 3 Counts of LRS 14:130.1 – Obstruction of Justice – (Felony)2 Counts of LRS 14:34.9 – Battery of a dating partner – (Felony)1 Count of LRS 14:133 – Filing false public records – (Felony)1 Count of LRS 14:285 – Telephone communications; Improper language; Harassment -(Misdemeanor) in the 23rd Judicial District (Ascension Parish). On the morning of July 12, 2021, Troopers assigned to the Fugitive Apprehension Unit took Andre into custody and booked him into the Ascension Parish Jail. On July 13, 2021, another arrest warrant was obtained for Andre in 19th Judicial District (East Baton Rouge Parish) for 1 count of LRS 14:100 – Hit and Run – (Felony) and 1 Count of LRS 14:130.1 – Obstruction of Justice. Upon his release from the Ascension Parish Jail, Andre will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail on the aforementioned charges.

Baton Rouge – Shortly before 2:00 am 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.

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