‘Like a knife to the heart’: Daughter seeks answers after mother killed in hit and run

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 2:14 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 9:29 PM CDT
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LIVINGSTON, La. (WAFB) - Officials in the town of Livingston are investigating a hit and run crash that killed an elderly woman.

According to the family, Ellen Engelhorn passed away on Wednesday, July 21.

Police said the incident happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, on South Frost Road near the intersection of Circle Drive. Investigators added they discovered the woman lying in the roadway after she had been hit by the unidentified vehicle.

Ellen Engelhorn.
Ellen Engelhorn.(Family)

“Very difficult to accept, so that’s like a knife in the heart,” said Michelle Duhe, the victim’s daughter.

Duhe is living in a nightmare.

“Really, we just want to know what happened,” she added.

Her mom was hit by a car while crossing LA 63, as she was walking home from a nearby gas station.

“And so, on her way back, the cops think that she got hit by a car and it was a hit and run. So, someone ended up seeing her on the side of the road and called 911,” described Duhe.

She said police told her they found one of her mom’s shoes in the road, about 25 feet away from where her body was lying.

Engelhorn was sent to Our Lady of the Lake’s Neuro Trauma Center with barely any life left in her.

“They said when she did the CT scan that she had many subarachnoid hemorrhages scattered across the brain. And when I asked how many, they could not tell me. There was so many. Then the next day, we got an MRI and it showed that the legions had extended down through the brain to the middle. So, they were very honest that she didn’t think she was going to recover much,” explained Duhe.

She and her husband, Alton, prayed for a miracle but Wednesday they knew it was time to say goodbye after Engelhorn’s condition did not get better.

“She was just a really nice person and she was always trying to help people,” said Duhe.

Livingston Police Chief Randy Dufrene said someone has to know something. Now, the family is begging for information.

What would you say to the person responsible?

“I would really just say, ‘Please come forward, so we can have some answers.’ I think that’s what we want the most is to know what happened,” replied Duhe.

But their fear now is that this case will never be solved.

“I fear that we probably won’t get an answer unless someone comes forward or someone knows something that helps the investigation,” added Duhe.

Police have no leads at this time or a description of the vehicle that hit Engelhorn.

Authorities are asking anyone with any information to call the Livingston Police Department at 225-686-7153 or the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office at 225-686-2241.

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