Vacherie man killed in hit and run accident

Vacherie man killed in hit and run accident

KENTWOOD, LA (WAFB) - State Police say one man is dead after a late night crash involving an ATV and another unknown vehicle.  The crash happened Friday night around 11:00 pm on La. 10 near Kentwood.

Investigators say that Matthew Mahler, 22, was operating a 4-wheeler along with a companion who was operating another 4-wheeler.  Both were traveling westbound in a drainage ditch that runs along side of La. 10, when Mahler struck a culvert, flipped the 4-wheeler and was ejected.  He came to rest in the westbound lane of La. 10. Mahler's companion was attempting to aid him when an unknown vehicle traveling westbound on La. 10 began approaching. The companion tried to alert the driver of the oncoming vehicle, but the vehicle struck Mahler and continued on without stopping.

Mahler sustained serious injuries, he was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Mahler was not wearing a D.O.T. approved helmet at the time of the crash, and alcohol is suspected on his part.  Toxicology results are pending.

Troopers believe that the unknown vehicle is a small dark colored sedan.  It may have lower front bumper and undercarriage damage as a result of hitting/rolling over Mahler.  

The crash remains under investigation, anyone with any information regarding this crash please contact Louisiana State Police Troop L at 985-893-6250 or Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.

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