A 20-year-old man from Slidell died in a hit-and-run accident on Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge shortly after midnight on June 20. At the time of early reports, police were still searching for the driver involved in the motorcycle accident.
Police reports indicate that the crash occurred near the Hammond Aire Shopping Center when a motorist struck the Slidell man as he was driving his motorized scooter. The motorist then allegedly continued driving, leaving the fatally injured victim. When officials arrived at the scene, they declared the man dead.
According to witness reports, the driver in the hit-and-run appeared to be operating a maroon or red-colored Chrysler 300. Officials with the Baton Rouge Police Department were requesting that the public, especially people employed at local body shops or anyone in the neighborhood, contact Crime Stoppers with any information regarding a questionable car with possible frontal damage.
Motorcycle accidents have the potential of causing catastrophic injuries to the biker that could lead to paralysis, brain damage or long-term disabilities. While the victim tries to recuperate, he or she may also face financial difficulties including a loss of employment due to the inability to work and mounting expenses from medical costs. In the instance where a motorcyclist is the victim of a hit-and-run accident, a local attorney may be able to use any criminal charges filed against the driver as proof of negligence. A civil suit might result in a fair monetary award to cover the plaintiff’s accident-related expenses and losses.
Source: WAFB, “Friends mourn loss of LSU student in deadly hit and run scooter crash“, June 20, 2014