Hit and Run Crash Kills Pedestrian in Jefferson Parish

Published 11:27 am Monday, January 3, 2022


Gretna – On January 1, 2022 Louisiana State Police Troop B received information regarding the location of a potential vehicle involved in the hit and run crash that claimed the life of 62-year-old Mark Baer on December 31, 2021. Troopers responded to the location in Marrero and observed a black 2010 GMC Sierra with damage to the front passenger side, consist with evidence collected at the scene of the crash. Given the findings, Troopers secured a search warrant for the Sierra, which was towed to Troop B for processing by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. As a result of the continued investigation, Troopers obtained an arrest warrant through the 24th Judicial District Court for 41-year-old Philip Huffman of Marrero, charging him with Hit and Run Involving Death (Felony); Negligent Homicide and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle. On the evening of January 2, 2022, through coordination with his attorney, Philip Huffman was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna for the active warrant.


January 1, 2022 Avondale – On December 31, 2021, shortly before 6:00 pm, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B responded to a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on US 90 near W. Tish Drive. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 62-year-old Mark Baer of Trout Run, PA.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred while Baer was walking east on the right shoulder of US 90 near W. Tish Drive. At the same time, a dark-colored pickup truck was traveling east on US 90 in the same area that Baer was walking. The pickup traveled off the roadway, onto the right shoulder, striking Baer. Bear suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup truck did not stop and continued traveling east on US 90.

Based on evidence collected at the scene, Troopers believe the pickup that struck Baer is a dark-colored 2012-2015 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra. At this time, it is unknown if the pickup truck is a 2 door or 4 door model. The pickup truck would have damage to the front passenger side, including the headlight, turning signal light, and possibly the side mirror.

This crash remains under investigation and Troopers ask that anyone with information regarding this crash contact Louisiana State Police Troop B at 504-471-2775.