Hit and Run Crash Kills Pedestrian and Injures Another in Jefferson Parish
Published 1:03 pm Monday, April 25, 2022
Gretna – On April 25, 2022, shortly after midnight, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B began investigating a hit and run crash involving two pedestrians on US 90B upper level east (Westbank Expressway) near Stumpf Boulevard. The crash claimed the life of 46-year-old Fredrika J. Smith of New Orleans.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Smith was one of the occupants in a vehicle that was abandoned in the right lane of US 90B upper level near the Stumpf Boulevard exit ramp. Smith and the other occupant began walking down the Stumpf Boulevard exit ramp from US 90B upper level east. At the same time, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado exited US 90B upper level at Stumpf Boulevard, striking Smith and the other occupant. After the crash, the driver of the Silverado fled the scene and continued traveling down the exit ramp to a nearby parking lot, where the driver abandoned the vehicle.
Smith suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
This crash remains under investigation and Troopers are working to identify the driver of the Silverado. If anyone has information regarding this crash, we urge you to contact Louisiana State Police Troop B at 504-471-2775.