Deadly hit and run crash leaves victim's family searching for answers

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Posted on November 14, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 7:45 PM

Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News
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THIBODAUX, La. -- Mona Hebert wants answers.

At around 8:00 a.m. Saturday, Hebert’s cousin, 41-year-old Karey Authement, was killed in a hit and run crash along Hwy. 3185 in Thibodaux.

Now, several days later, police are still searching for a suspect.

"An accident is one thing. When you leave the scene that's a whole different level," Hebert said. "Everybody is shocked, very distraught. We just can't believe it."

According to Louisiana State Police Troop C officials, Authement was traveling on his motorcycle in the westbound direction, when a Chevy Z71 making a left turn cut in front of him.

Investigators said Authement was ejected from the motorcycle as it crashed into the truck, which then rolled over him and drove away.

Authorities believe the truck is an early 2000s model Chevy Z71, two-tone in color, with navy on the upper portion and gray on the bottom.

The driver is described as an African-American man.

Officials sent video of the suspected vehicle to Baton Rouge, in an attempt to enhance the images.

Now, Authement's loved ones hope someone will come forward with information -- either witnesses or the suspect himself.

"Please come forward. If not for yourself, for Karey, please, for his family, so we can have closure," Hebert said.

At the scene of the crash Wednesday, Hebert struggled with the possible scenarios.

For now though, she's left with only questions over the loss of her cousin, who she describes as a great man and loving father.

"He was very funny. He loved to joke around. He always had a kind word. If you needed help, he would've went out of his way to help you. It didn't matter who you were," Hebert said. "He's got three young children. I can't get out of my head, how do you tell these three young children their dad's not coming home anymore? And how does somebody leave him for dead?"

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Louisiana State Police Troop C at (985) 857-3683.

 

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