“I just want justice,” says girlfriend of hit-and-run victim Jude Jarreau
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The man who was run over and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Baton Rouge this weekend would light up any room he walked into, his grieving girlfriend says.
Jude Jarreau, 44, an avid LSU fan and father of two, was attempting to cross Ben Hur Road near Burbank late Saturday night when he was hit by a vehicle.
Baton Rouge police are now looking for the driver of that vehicle, believed to be a black Range Rover SUV, who fled the scene.
“It’s hard to put into words how I feel right now,” his girlfriend, Sky Lynn Acosta, said Monday, October 10. “My heart aches so much. It doesn’t seem real.”
Acosta says her boyfriend had attended the LSU football game earlier in the day Saturday.
“Jude came into my life at one of my lowest moments, but he quickly turned it into the best year of my life,” Acosta said. “Jude was more than a best friend, he was my soulmate. He took care of me in ways I never knew I needed. The way he loved me and loved every person around him made me fall in love and adore him. We deserved more time together, but I will forever cherish every moment I got to spend with him. From the moment he woke up to the moment he went to sleep, he made sure I knew how special and loved I was by him. As soon as he walked into a room, you could see him light up the place. He loved nothing more than spending time with family and friends and watching sports. He was the biggest sports fan I knew. He got to spend his last days at his favorite place, Tiger Stadium. If you knew Jude, you loved him. I just want justice for my best friend. You always hear about finding your special person, but no one tells you how hard it is to lose the love of your life at 25 when you had a lifetime planned out.”
”My heart hurts for his family and his two beautiful girls,” she added. “Please keep them in your prayers at this time.”
Jarreau’s family is working on funeral arrangements.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Traffic Homicide Division at 225-389-7819 or Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP.
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