Authorities arrest St. Amant man in fatal hit and run

Staff reports
Authorities work at the scene of a fatality on River Highlands Drive Friday morning.

Deputies arrested a St. Amant man following a hit and run fatality of a pedestrian Friday, Ascension Parish Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said.

Lauris Ackerman, 54, of Livingston Parish, was found lying unresponsive in a weeded area of a vacant lot on River Highlands Drive early Friday, near the Ascension-Livingston border, Bacala said.

Later Friday, authorities arrested Brandon Patrick Ivey, 22, of 42401 Weber City Road, St. Amant, and charged him with negligent homicide, hit and run, reckless operation of a vehicle, driving under suspension and expired MVI, according to the chief deputy.

Ivey was taken to the Ascension Parish Jail. No bond has been set, as of Friday afternoon.

The Sheriff's Office received a call of a possible hit and run on River Highlands, which is located off of Hwy. 22 in the St. Amant area, Bacala said.

Investigators learned that in the early morning hours, Ackerman had called his mother for a ride home after leaving an area lounge on foot, according to Bacala.

At around 7:30 a.m., and prior to parish authorities being notified, his mother continued her search, and found her son in the vacant lot, Bacala said.

Deputies arrived at the scene and began investigating what appeared to be a hit and run, the chief deputy said. Authorities learned that Ivey had been at the same lounge as Ackerman, and they located Ivey's vehicle and found that it had damage that was consistent with the crime scene findings, Bacala said.

A short time later, Ivey surrendered to authorities, according to Bacala.

Authorities learned that after Ivey left the lounge, he was having a cell phone conversation when he lost control of his vehicle on River Highlands, ran over a curb in a vacant lot and he thought he had hit a transformer or phone box, Bacala said. Ivey left, drove home and later reported to work, he added.

Lauris Ackerman