BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police have named a suspect in a deadly pedestrian crash that happened June 1, 2013 on Greenwell Springs Road. Detectives believe Devante Pugh, 21, of Baker, LA ran a woman down and left her to die.
Nearby business owners have released surveillance video in an attempt to help police nab their suspect. A witness, who only wished to be identified as "Cindy" said she was sitting on her front porch on Greenwell Springs Road when she saw the unthinkable.
"In my mind I said, oh Lord that car is going mighty fast and all of a sudden I heard a collision," Cindy said.
Baton Rouge Police said Louise Hunter, 47, was killed after she was hit by a car. They believe the drive of a white Dodge Challenger hit Hunter and left the scene.
Surveillance video from a nearby business shows a woman witnesses say is Hunter, walking along the road. Another camera captured the woman before she crossed the street. Moments later, another camera picked up a white car coming to a sudden stop just pas the Shed Dran Motel. A dark colored car also slowed down. It turned around on the street. The white car also doubled back, but kept its distance. It is clear the front passenger side of the car is damaged.
"I ran out to go see what happened and I see a white car down the street and I see a body lying."
Cindy said the people in the dark car stopped and even had a conversation with the driver of the white car. "I heard him say, I didn't see it or I didn't see her."
Then suddenly, Cindy said, the man in the white car left. "He never came over to see if the lady was breathing or anything. Whatever they told him he scattered."
Cindy said she and a group of others stayed with the woman until help arrived. Given the number of witnesses and the surveillance video, she is surprised no one has been arrested.
"The things that were told to them, things that were pointed out to them; I am shocked, because I thought by now they would have apprehended that person."
Detectives said Pugh will be charged with felony hit and run, and obstruction of justice. If you know where he is you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.