Family mourns untimely death of Donaldsonville man

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
Andre V. Wilson

On Friday August 18, Andre V. Wilson (31) stepped from a moving vehicle shortly after 6:00 p.m. according to family member Ricky Gibson Sr.

He was said to be 1 of 3 people in the vehicle. A driver and another passenger in the front seat were also in the vehicle, and Andre was alone in the back seat, according to Gibson. Wilson was placed back into the vehicle unconscious and driven to the Prevost Hospital where he was placed on a gurney by a nurse and the driver. Apparently, the driver and passenger left him there without going into the hospital or speaking with anyone.

Wilson was observed to have had a fractured skull. He was placed on a ventilator and later that evening flown to The Lake in Baton Rouge. He never regained consciousness and was pronounced brain dead at approximately 2:50 p.m., Saturday afternoon.

"Wilson was a registered Organ Donor and donated multiple gifts to those on the registry awaiting the gift of life," Gibson wrote in an email to The Donaldsonville Chief.

APSO has not made a public statement about the incident, but the family met with detectives who said that there is currently no evidence of foul play in Wilson's death. Gibson stated the family was allowed to view the video footage from the Chevron station on Hwy 1 where the fall occurred.

However, the coroner’s report was said to be not completed at the time of this article, and the investigation will remain open until it is. If anyone has any information that would contradict the detective's findings, they would be glad to speak with you, writes Gibson.

There was a memorial service for Andre on Saturday at St James UMC in Belle Rose, La. Gibson would like to thank anyone for their time and effort in the matter.