BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Friends are mourning the loss of a man whom they call selfless. He was killed in a deadly hit and run crash involving a motorized scooter early morning on Friday, at an intersection near the Hammond Aire Plaza .
The victim has been identified as 20-year-old LSU student Eric Fabre of Slidell. Fabre had been working at Plucker's on Nicholson Drive for the past three years. The general manager at Plucker's described Fabre as a lively, selfless, and giving man who was so excited that he would have been turning 21 in just two weeks.
The manager was too distraught to interview with our news crew but he released the following statement:
"Our staff is deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss to our close friend Eric Fabre. To say that Eric was loved by many, would be a vast understatement. Eric was one of the most selfless people I have ever had the privilege of coming in contact with. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric's family and friends"
The Baton Rouge Police Department said it happened on Airline Highway at Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge, which is right by the Hammond Aire Shopping Center, just before 1 a.m. Officials originally stated the victim was riding a motorcycle.
Cpl. Don Coppola with BRPD reported the vehicle that hit Fabre fled the scene. He added witnesses reported seeing a car drive off.
They said it was possibly a Chrysler 300. They also described it as red or maroon in color. According to Coppola, the car may have front end damage.
Officials say Fabre was thrown from the scooter and was pronounced dead on the scene.
"We rely on body shops and witnesses. We ask for people who may work at those body shops or are neighbors of potential suspects, to give us a call," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely. "If they see a vehicle with damage or a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood, call us and we'll check it out. That has happened a couple of times and we've actually solved some hit and runs that way. These cases are best solved with tips from the public."
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.