POSTED: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 12:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 1:52pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A 21 year old woman was arrested for causing a hit and run accident that claimed the life of a cyclist back in July.
Louisiana State Police arrested Jodie Hoseth of Holden for allegedly causing the crash on July 7. The cyclist, Eddie Arinder, 50, of Baton Rouge, died shortly after the incident happened.
The crash happened on LA 426 west of US190 in East Baton Rouge Parish. Arinder was found in the roadway and Troopers immediately launched an investigation to find the person responsible.
“Troopers worked diligently on this case following all leads and were able to identify not only the vehicle but the suspect who was driving during the crash,” Trooper Russell Graham, Louisiana State Police, explained.
The vehicle was identified as a late-model (2006-2011) Ford Ranger. A vehicle matching the description was located on July 12 at a residence. The vehicle had damage consistent with the crash involving the cyclist.
Forensic evidence was collected from the vehicle and analyzed by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. The vehicle was then positively identified as the vehicle involved in the fatal hit and run.
Now knowing the vehicle that caused the crash, it was up to Troopers to determine who was driving. On July 20, video security footage was obtained from a local gas station located less than two miles from the crash site. The vehicle was spotted in the footage and Hoseth is allegedly the driver in the footage.
Hoseth was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for Felony Hit and Run.