Woman mourns loss of fiance in Denham Springs hit-and-run crash

Woman mourns loss of fiance in Denham Springs hit-and-run crash

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A young woman is having to cope with terrible losses as her mother's home was damaged in the flood and her first love was taken away from her in an instant.

Neighbors and friends have been consoling and praying with 18-year old Brianna Womack all week.

Her fiance Donald Arnett was hit by a white utility truck on Pete's Highway in Denham Springs around 9 p.m. Monday. The driver of the truck took off, and Arnett died in the hospital later that evening.

He and Womack were on their way home when the hit-and-run happened near Walmart.

"I stopped and tied my shoe, and the next thing I know, I look up and he's in the air," Womack said.

Womack and Arnett had recently moved in with Womack's mother to help her repair her home after the flood. They were set to be married next week.

Brianna's mother is very frustrated with the speed limit on Pete's Highway. The limit is set at 45 miles per hour, despite the fact that there are homes and a school nearby.

"It's too fast. With the lower speed limit, they might still get hit, but they would probably live," said Betty Musmeci, Womack's mother.

Womack's mother said she plans on speaking with city and parish officials about changing the speed limit.

In the meantime, Louisiana State Police are investigating the crash. Troopers were able to get surveillance video from Walmart and a neighbor's truck that had a camera on its dashboard.

State Police is looking for a white work truck with a dent in the front on the right side.

"If you're an honest man, please turn yourself in. If you're an honest man, please," Womack said.

Anyone with information that can help the investigation is asked to call State Police at (225) 754-8500.

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