Mandeville man, 21, charged in fatal hit-and-run crash in Baton Rouge

Suspect is son of former NFL quarterback Bubby Brister

Staff Report
Jude Jarreau is shown in a photo accompanying his obituary.

A 21-year-old Mandeville man, the son of a former professional football player, was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a charge of felony hit-and-run in connection with a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on Ben Hur Road.

Walter Brister IV turned himself into authorities on the morning of Oct. 12, according to multiple media reports. He posted bond and was released just before 7 p.m.

The charge carries a maximum of ten years in prison, according to Louisiana law.

Investigators suspect Brister was driving a black Range Rover late Oct. 8 in the 500 block of Ben Hur Road, just south of the LSU campus, when it struck a pedestrian, 44-year-old Jude Jarreau.

As included in a previous statement from police, the driver left the scene before officers arrived.

According to Baton Rouge television station WAFB, Brister's attorney contacted investigators the morning of Oct. 9. Arrangements were then made for Brister to turn himself in to authorities.

Multiple sources told Baton Rouge's WBRZ that Brister is the son of former NFL quarterback Walter "Bubby" Brister.

The suspect's father played 15 years in the NFL for several teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, and Minnesota Vikings. He went to Neville High School in Monroe, as well as Tulane and Northeast Louisiana.

Andrew Brister is listed as a freshman quarterback on the 2021 University of Northern Colorado roster.

Under a new Louisiana law, police were not allowed to release Brister's booking photo.

As mentioned in his obituary, Jarreau was a proud and devoted father to his two daughters. He was an LSU fan, and loved golfing, fishing, and spending time in Grand Isle.

In honor of his love for LSU, his family invited everyone to wear purple and gold to his service.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or masses in his honor.

Visitation was Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi in Donaldsonville, followed by mass of Christian burial at 1 p.m.