Denham Springs woman killed on a hit and run on I-10

Published 9:30 am Wednesday, October 26, 2022

St. Martin Parish – On October 25, 2022, shortly after 2:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a report of a vehicle stalled in the middle eastbound lane of I-10 west of Breaux Bridge near mile marker 108. Shortly after arrival, the responding trooper learned a pedestrian had been struck by a pickup truck just east of the abandoned vehicle.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2019 Ram pickup driven by 26-year-old Ben Latiolais of Arnaudville struck the pedestrian then came to a stop on the inside shoulder. The pedestrian, 20-year-old Ryelee A. Georgeson of Denham Springs, was located on the opposite side of the eastbound lanes near the fog line.
Georgeson was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and succumbed to her injuries later in the day. A toxicology sample was obtained for analysis and results are pending.
Latiolais was restrained and not injured. He submitted a breath sample that indicated intoxication. Latiolais was booked into St. Martin Parish Jail for DWI first offense.
This crash remains under investigation.
Troop I has investigated 47 fatal crashes resulting in 53 deaths since the beginning of 2022.