LSP asking for public’s help in identifying 2 suspects involved in hit and run crash that killed Baton Rouge woman

LSP looking for suspects involved in deadly hit and run in WBR Parish

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Investigators with Louisiana State Police say they are asking for the public’s help in identifying two drivers who hit the same pedestrian in a fatal hit and crash in West Baton Rouge Parish on Oct. 29.

Troopers say Theresa Matherne, 57, of Baton Rouge, was hit by two unknown vehicles around 9:21 p.m. Oct. 29 as she attempted to cross US 190 at LA 415 to help a motorist involved in a separate vehicle collision.

Matherne sustained fatal injuries after being hit by the two vehicles and was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to Louisiana State Police.

TFC Taylor Scrantz says after analyzing roadway evidence, vehicle parts left on the scene, and video surveillance, Troopers believe Matherne was hit as she entered the inside lane of US 190 by a light-colored (gold/tan/silver) 2008-2012 Honda Accord.

Troopers with Louisiana State Police are looking for two vehicles that hit the same woman during a fatal hit and run crash in West Baton Rouge Parish on Oct. 29, 2020.
Troopers with Louisiana State Police are looking for two vehicles that hit the same woman during a fatal hit and run crash in West Baton Rouge Parish on Oct. 29, 2020. (Source: Louisiana State Police)
Troopers with Louisiana State Police are looking for two vehicles that hit the same woman during a fatal hit and run crash in West Baton Rouge Parish on Oct. 29, 2020.
Troopers with Louisiana State Police are looking for two vehicles that hit the same woman during a fatal hit and run crash in West Baton Rouge Parish on Oct. 29, 2020. (Source: Louisiana State Police)

After hitting Matherne, surveillance video shows the driver of the Honda Accord driving onto the shoulder of US 190 near a church and getting out of the car, according to Scrantz.

“The operator exited the vehicle, discarded hanging and damaged vehicle parts, and fled the scene eastbound on US 190,” Scrantz says.

Police say the light-colored 2008-2012 Honda Accord will have front passenger side damage to the bumper, hood, headlight assembly, and wheel well. This vehicle may also have windshield damage.

After being hit by the Honda, Matherne was again hit by a 2013-2016 Chevrolet Malibu, according to Scrantz. Police say the Chevrolet Malibu could have damage to the front bumper and undercarriage.

Troopers are urging anyone with any information regarding this crash to contact Louisiana State Police Troop A at 225-754-8500.

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