Family seeks justice in deadly dump truck hit and run

Source: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Source: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police still have no arrest in the dump truck alleged hit and run that killed an elderly woman on I-12 Tuesday.

According to family members, Ethel Phillips, 74, of Baton Rouge, was being driven to see her oncologist at the time of the crash.

"It's unbelievable," said Melinda Cashio, the victim's granddaughter. "It's something you'd never, never think would happen."

Cashio said she was at work when relatives called with news that her grandmother was involved in a major crash on I-12. The Baton Rouge Police Department reported a dump truck hit the Toyota Camry that Phillips was riding in and kept going. The car was then hit by an 18-wheeler and pinned against the concrete median.

"She was on her way to her doctor's appointment. She had stage four terminal cancer. She was being driven by her daughter to her doctor's appointment," Cashio added.

Her daughter survived, but Phillips died at the hospital. Cashio said although her grandmother was sick, you'd never know it.

"She was in total control of her situation and she made sure we were all coming to terms with her illness," she explained.

Family described Phillips as simple, loving and someone who shies away from the spotlight, which is why relatives said they prefer to keep her photo private. However, Cashio said she wants to make sure the runaway driver is held accountable and what happened is not forgotten.

"She deserves someone to come forward and say that they're sorry. She deserves that. No one should be left on the side of the road," Cashio said.

If you have any information that could help detectives find the driver of that dump truck, call 225-389-7819.

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