SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - After two hit-and-run cases (one of them fatal) in Shreveport in just a few days, the Shreveport Police Department is talking about why people are inclined to drive off after hitting someone.
“They actually go on a lot more here than people know about,” Shreveport police Sgt. Glen Heckard said.
A woman lost her life March 2 when she left work at a fast-food restaurant to walk to the bus stop near Linwood Avenue at Bert Kouns Industrial Loop but was hit by a vehicle near Brookwood Church Way, officers said.
“It’s just tragic and I don’t even know if she even saw it coming,” Heckard said.
According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 21% of pedestrian deaths are caused by hit-and-runs. AAA reports deadly that hit-and-runs are at an all-time high. Louisiana has the second most reports per capita, of all states.
“They may have something illegal in the vehicle, they may have warrants so it can be a multitude reasons why they don’t stick around, especially even being a fault,” Heckard said.
In Louisiana, the penalty for leaving a deadly crash could be up to 20 years in prison.