ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Authorities have released the name of the person who was killed after being thrown from a car during a crash and run over by another car that did not stop.
Louisiana State Police identified the victim as Spencer Hoard, 31, of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Troopers said he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
"We had received some tips on the possible identity of the victim and we were able to track him down that way and reach his family," said TFC Melissa Matey with LSP Troop B. "The coroner was able to make a positive identification with tattoos and other distinguishing marks."
They are still looking for the vehicle that ran over Hoard. They don't yet have a description of it.
Investigators said Jacob Sellars, 24, of Sorrento, the driver of the vehicle Hoard was riding in, was arrested on charges of vehicular homicide, reckless operation, no seat belt and suspended driver's license. Troopers said they suspect he was impaired at the time of the crash and that speed is also considered a factor. They added there was no detectable alcohol in his system. A blood sample was taken from him and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The results are still pending.
"We did not question Sellers after he was booked because we were able to work the investigation that way. Sellers never told us the identity of his passenger. He was uncooperative. He was cooperative in other aspects of the crash regarding field sobriety tests and his own identity, but when it came to questions to the identity of his passenger, he did not provide helpful information. It was bizarre," Matey added.
Troopers said Sellars was driving a 2001 Nissan Maxima on I-10 East near LaPlace in St. John the Baptist Parish when he lost control and hit a guardrail. They said the car then crossed both lanes, hit the guardrail on the opposite side of the interstate, spun several times and stopped in the left lane. They added the Maxima also hit a 2012 Nissan Altima.
According to troopers, Hoard was ejected while the car was spinning and was run over by a third vehicle. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Louisiana State Police Troop B at 504-471-2775.
The investigation into the crash is ongoing.