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Police asking for public’s help in fatal crash that killed woman on Jefferson Highway

Friends of a woman killed in a hit and run are asking for the person to come forward
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 10:21 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2022 at 4:22 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Officials with Louisiana State Police say they are asking for the public’s help in locating the person responsible for a fatal crash that killed a woman late Sunday night.

The crash happened just after 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23 on Jefferson Highway at Azalea Lakes Avenue near BREC’s Manchac Park.

Leah Tatman, 30, was walking along Jefferson Highway and was hit by a truck, authorities say.

“Mrs. Tatman was transported to a local hospital where she unfortunately succumbed to her injuries,” said Louisiana State Police Trooper First Class Taylor Scrantz.

Police say Leah Tatman, 30, died after being hit by a suspected 2018 Dodge Ram (2500 or 3500...
Police say Leah Tatman, 30, died after being hit by a suspected 2018 Dodge Ram (2500 or 3500 model) on Jefferson Highway around 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022.(Viewer Submitted)
Photo of the scene the morning after the crash occurred.
Photo of the scene the morning after the crash occurred.(WAFB)

Police say they believe the truck involved in the crash is a 2018 Dodge Ram 2500 or 3500 model. Investigators say the passenger-side mirror housing was knocked off of the truck and left at the scene.

Evidence photo of mirror that police say was knocked off during the crash.
Evidence photo of mirror that police say was knocked off during the crash.
Stock photo of truck mirror that police say was knocked off during the crash.
Stock photo of truck mirror that police say was knocked off during the crash.(Louisiana State Police)

“It’s been a total shock honestly,” said Ryan Sharp, who was best friends with Tatman.

Ryan Sharp is among families and friends mourning the loss of Leah Tatman.

“She was one of the most genuine people that I’ve met in my life. Very loving, caring, loved her friends and family,” said Sharp.

Sharp says they were best friends for about 8 years, he’s now asking for just one thing.

“I don’t know if someone might’ve thought they might’ve hit an animal or a road sign, but now if you’re seeking this and you’re aware of what you hit was a person, on behalf of myself and her friends and family, we just ask that you contact the local authorities,” said Sharp.

Under Louisiana law, the responsible driver could face a felony charge once caught. But investigators say there’s a chance this could have ended differently, if the driver had just done the right thing by stopping, and calling 911.

“Any time there’s significant trauma to the head or the internal organs, we call it the golden hour. The sooner you can get medical attention the better. And Mrs. Tatman, unfortunately was left there by whoever hit her, so that response was delayed by a good bit,” said Trooper Scrantz.

All her friends and family want now is closure.

“I have no doubt in my mind that whoever hit her that it was a total freak accident. But you know now that you’re aware that you hit a person, we’re just asking that somebody does right,” said Sharp.

Anyone with any information about this crash is asked to call Louisiana State Police at (225) 754-8500.

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