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Louisiana State Police need help in hit-and-run car accident

Louisiana State Police are looking for a vehicle that struck a pedestrian on LA 43 recently. The descriptions of the vehicle given by witnesses to the hit-and-run car accident led troopers to believe they are searching for a dark colored pickup truck manufactured by either Chevrolet or GMC. The teenage victim survived, but was listed in serious condition at last report.

The accident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. on July 17. Two people were walking along the southbound lane of the highway. The pickup truck in question was heading northbound. The pickup attempted to pass the vehicle in front of it, and when it entered the southbound lane to do so, it struck the 14-year-old boy.

The truck then made a U-turn and fled the scene, heading south. Anyone who may have been on LA 43 in Livingston Parish on that night -- or anyone who know the whereabouts of the vehicle and its driver -- are asked to contact Louisiana State Police Troop A. The investigation is ongoing.

It could take some time to locate the driver and vehicle responsible for the teen's injuries in this hit-and-run car accident. However, once found, the driver may face a personal injury claim in addition to any possible criminal charges. If the driver is found to be negligent in the crash, a civil court may consider an award of damages that could help with the teenager's recovery, which could be lengthy and costly depending on the types of injuries he suffered. Moreover, it is not yet known whether the boy will be left with a permanent disability due to one or more of those injuries, which could require lifelong care.

Source: wbrz.com, "State Troopers seeking Hit and Run driver", Michael Vinsanau, July 19, 2015

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