Baton Rouge woman killed in hit and run crash; suspect arrested

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Last night, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop A investigated a hit-and-run crash on LA Highway 327 north of LA Highway 30 that left a Baton Rouge woman dead.

According to investigating Troopers, on September 30, 2012, shortly after 11:00 p.m., 56-year-old Barbara Jacob of Baton Rouge was riding her bicycle south on LA Highway 327 in the southbound lane. A 1999 Mazda passenger car, driven by 49-year-old Darby Griffin of Baton Rouge, was traveling south on LA 327 approaching Jacob from behind. For reasons still under investigation, Griffin struck the rear tire of Jacob's bicycle. After impact, Jacob was ejected from her bike and landed in the northbound lane of LA 327. Griffin fled the scene.

A short time later, Jacob was struck by a 2006 Lexus SUV which was traveling north on LA Highway 327. The Lexus was driven by 22-year-old Rebecca Guidry of Lafayette, who stopped and contacted police. Jacob was pronounced dead by the East Baton Rouge Coroner. Guidry was not injured in the crash.

With the assistance of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Troopers were able to locate Griffin and his vehicle. He was placed under arrest for DWI, hit-and-run, obstruction of justice, driving under suspension and no seat belt. Griffin, who was uninjured in the crash, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

Toxicology samples were obtained from all three drivers and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Further charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. This crash remains under investigation.

Troopers remind drivers that impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana. Troopers have seen the number of deaths and serious injuries due to impaired drivers decrease in recent years, there is still work to be done. Troopers will continue to enforce Louisiana's DWI laws across the state and remain committed to a public education campaign to end impaired driving. Have a plan and designate a driver before you decide to drink.