Police: Stranded motorist killed by suspected drunk driver

Police: Stranded motorist killed by suspected drunk driver

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police say a man died in a hit and run crash after being struck by a vehicle early Saturday morning. According to reports, the woman driving the other vehicle told police she was the designated driver, but she was arrested for DWI.

Police say 39-year-old Jason Smith of Denham Springs ran out of gas on I-10 at Perkins just after 1:30 a.m. and got out of his vehicle to push it in the right lane of the interstate.

As he was pushing, 37-year-old Sarah Raimondi of Denham Springs was driving on I-10 and hit Smith. The other person in the stalled vehicle received minor injuries, but Smith was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Raimondi took a breathalyzer test and blew a .113g%. Reports say Raimondi "had a noticeable sway from front to back during a roadside interview" and she had poor results on her field sobriety test.

Raimondi was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular negligent injuring. She is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $33,000 bond.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner has ruled this as an accidental death. The cause of death is listed as multiple blunt force injuries. A toxicology test was submitted on Smith and results should return in two weeks. Police say Smith is also suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.

The traffic crash is still under investigation.

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