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Hit and run driver named and in custody

Charlotte Guedry

State Police now have in custody both the suspected car and driver of a hit and run accident on Hwy. 42 in Prairieville Monday night. The suspect is 34 year old Kathleen Fitzpatrick, of Gonzales.

State Trooper Russell Graham announced Wednesday afternoon that Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies have sent a silver Toyota 4Runner, thought to be the one that hit Tommie Hadley, 22, of Prairieville, to the Louisiana State Police Crime lab. The susected driver of the vehicle, a woman, has been arrested and is being questioned.

“An Iberville Sheriff’s Deputy made a traffic stop earlier today near Maringouin,” said Graham. “The deputy had seen the report on the television, and recognized the vehicle’s damage. This awareness and attention to detail is what has made this arrest possible. We appreciate the hard work of this officer."

Hadley sustained critical injuries in the crash and was later pronounced brain-dead. Her family is said to be thrilled to hear an arrest had been made in the case.

Police began searching for a hit and run vehicle that struck woman Monday night and left her with life-threatening injuries.

Graham said in a release Tuesday morning that the crash occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Hwy 42 east of Hwy 431 when an unknown vehicle traveling westbound on Hwy 42 struck the woman walking along the roadway and did not stop.

Hadley sustained life-threatening injuries when she was struck, and was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital by Acadian Ambulance Airmed, according to Graham.

Troopers said evidence gathered at the scene suggests that the vehicle was either a silver Toyota 4-Runner or a silver Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner, model years between 2003 and 2005.

Troopers said there would be damage to the right front corner of the vehicle. The right front fender flare and the right lower corner of the front bumper were missing. The right side mirror was also missing.

The damage should be very noticeable, Graham said. Troopers are continuing the investigation and following all leads. The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab is processing the scene of the crash for additional evidence.

Anyone with any information that may be useful in this investigation is urged to contact Louisiana State Police Troop A at (225) 754-8500, option 1.