Driver charged with killing elderly pedestrian, fleeing in St. John

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Louisiana State Police say a driver ran hit and killed an elderly man walking along Airline Highway in LaPlace.

"Shortly after 8:00 pm last night, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop B began investigating a hit and run fatality crash involving a pedestrian on US 61 at Windsor Street in St. John the Baptist Parish," Trooper Monroe Dillon said in a news release. "The crash took the life of 72-year-old Medford Auguste of Laplace, LA and resulted in the arrest of 47-year-old Lobo Santos of Laplace, LA."

He says it happened as Auguste was crossing Airline.

"Santos was traveling northbound on US 61 in a 2004 Dodge Ram pick-up. Santos struck Auguste with his vehicle and fled scene."

Dillon says the 72-year-old man died quickly.

"Auguste sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. It is unknown if Auguste was impaired at the time of the crash but a toxicology sample will be taken for analysis during autopsy."

The trooper says they were able to quickly find an apparently drunk Santos.

"Immediately after the crash, Troopers located Santos and his vehicle. Santos was placed under arrest and given a chemical breath test for intoxication. Santos was booked into the St. John Corrections Center for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a Driver’s License and Hit and Run. Impairment is also suspected to be a factor on part of Santos and charges may be forthcoming."