LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (NBC33) — Cars and trucks drive down Juban Road Monday evening, but just a few hours before, it was blocked by State Police. "[There was] a male body found in a ditch," commented Jared Sandifer with State Police. Ergin Reese was driving down the dark road when he thought he hit a garbage can. He called police to investigate, but they never found anything--until around 7 monday morning.
We met the man who found 27-year old Devin Hammond face down near the scene. He was too shaken up to interview, but he warned walkers and released a statement simply saying, "I feel sorry for his family."
"it's a horrible, horrible, thing," said resident, Taylor Graham. Residents say it could have been prevented.
Graham added, "Maybe sidewalks, street lights, reflectors, anything so you can see around." "I've been close to missing a couple myself, you know, so they need to buy some new lights," said Wilton Harris.
Harris lives less than a mile away and says he's been dealing with the problem for six years. "It's an everyday thing traffic and the lighting, and it's just hard seeing people, you know, it's no place to walk anyway...It's a bad situation."
It is a situation residents hope that won't happen again.
"I wouldn't wish that upon anybody," said Graham, "and I hope his family is okay."
Reese won't be charged; he reported the incident to police. Parish officials we reached out to will not be back in the office until after the holiday. Remember to wear bright clothing when walking at night.