Troopers identify victim of hit and run, suspect arrested

Darby Griffin (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Darby Griffin (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Neighbors say there's no where for people to walk or bike safely on Gardere Lane. Sunday night, a woman riding her bike there was hit by not one, but two cars and killed.

Most of the traffic up and down Gardere is on four wheels, but Marcus Moore travels on two. He bikes.

"That's how I get home from work," Moore said. Up until Sunday night, he considered himself pretty safe along the stretch. But now, "I might see if I can catch a ride a little bit more often."

Charles Seales says Sunday, he had just returned from a drive to Atlanta.

"Drove in driveway, and a minute or two later I heard Bam!" Seales said. He lives just a few houses down from the Gardere/Pascagoula intersection, where a 56 year old woman riding her bike was hit.

"They drive too fast out there. Too fast...and they need sidewalks," Seales said.

Marcus Moore would have been bike by the same area, had he not asked a co-worker for a ride home from work. He says on their drive down Gardere, they saw the accident.

"We jumped out to stop the cars from hitting her again."

State police say Barbara Jacobs was hit twice. First by a man driving a dark colored car, who police say drove off.

"They came back and said they hit me," Seales recalls the car returned to the scene with a big hole in the windshield. "I said no. You hit somebody...and they took off."

Police found the car and its driver, Darby Griffin, 49, at a nearby apartment. Griffin is charged with DWI and hit-and-run, among other things.

Moore now feels compelled to find the woman's family, and assure them she did not die alone.

"I like to believe that she felt we were there trying to help her, protect her," Moore said.

Meanwhile, Seales says Sunday's accident should prompt officials to lower the speed limit or add sidewalks.

"Somebody's child is going to get hurt. I'm telling you. Somebody's child is going to get hurt," said Seales.

Witnesses tell us there was no way for the second car that hit Jacob's to avoid the accident. State police say the driver stayed at the scene and called 911. That person is not facing any charges.

Jacob was pronounced dead on the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office.

Griffin was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on the following charges:

  • DWI
  • Hit and run
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Driving under suspension
  • No seat belt

Troopers said they took blood samples from all those involved.

Additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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