Hit and run driver arrested; victim mourned


POSTED: Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 5:20pm

This is an NBC33 News update: Twenty-two year old Tommi “Crisy” Hadley was laid to rest this afternoon at Healing Place Church on Highland Road. She was pronounced brain dead on Tuesday after a hit and run accent in Iberville Parish.

Last night, Wednesday, Dec. 22, the woman responsible for the accident, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, 34, was arrested. She was identified by Sheriff’s Deputy James Barker, who witnessed Fitzpatrick driving her silver 2005 Toyota four-runner.

“One of the things we talk about is being able to give that family – giving the victims family answers to help start to bring them closure,” Trooper Russell Graham, Louisiana State Police, said about the incident. “We’re glad we were able to bring it to them so quickly.”

PRAIRIEVILLE, La (LSP) – Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a hit and run crash involving a pedestrian last night, Monday, Dec. 20, in Ascension Parish on LA 42.

The crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. on LA 42 east of LA 431, when an unknown vehicle traveling westbound on LA 42 struck a young woman walking along the roadway and did not stop. Tommie Hadley, 22, of Prairieville sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital by Acadian Ambulance Airmed.

Evidence gathered at the scene suggests the vehicle is either a Toyota 4-Runner or a Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner, model years between 2003 and 2005, and it is silver. There will be damage to the right front corner of the vehicle. The right front fender flare and the right lower corner of the front bumper are missing. The right side mirror is also missing.

The damage should be very noticeable. Troopers are continuing the investigation and following all leads. The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab is processing the scene of the crash for additional evidence.

Anyone with any information should contact the Louisiana State Police Troop A at (225) 754-8500, option 1.

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