Patricia Street

Patricia Street, 28, of Denham Springs

DENHAM SPRINGS -- The driver involved in a fatal overnight hit-and-run in Denham Springs has turned herself in, according to the Denham Springs Police Department.

Patricia Street, 28, of Denham Springs, turned herself into police at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, hours after a body was found along Pete’s Highway, DSPD spokeswoman Amber Fairburn said in a press release.

The crash, which DSPD Chief Shannon Womack said occurred around midnight the evening before, took the life of 44-year-old Denham Springs resident Arthur Lang, whose body was discovered just before 6 a.m. along Pete's Highway at Edgewood Drive.

According to Womack's initial press release early Tuesday morning, the department was going to work with debris found at the scene to identify the make and model of the vehicle that caused the accident. Womack said that officers would also research crash records in the area to make sure that they did not identify a vehicle from an earlier accident.

Eventually, officers were notified by sources that a 2014 Ford Focus — with heavy frontal damage — was parked at Walmart in Denham Springs, Fairburn said. The vehicle led officers to the identity of Street, who later told officers that she knew that she had hit something but was unaware that it was a person.

DNA and blood samples were obtained from Street during booking. As of 4:45 p.m., she was still being processed into the Livingston Parish Detention Center. 

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call the Denham Springs Police Department at (225) 665-5106.

(2) comments

CajunJedi

So, let’s hear some opinions on this.... I have to say that I have hit deer in the road and didn’t know exactly what I hit until I found the hair stuck in the front grill so it’s not a stretch to believe she didn’t know what she hit and with Pete’s hwy being a fairly large road, I don’t think she should have been stopped searching the road in the dark. I want to hear what other people think about this...

jstafriend

I agree with you. She shouldn't have gotten out in the middle of the night searching for what she hit, BUT she should have called the police. They have the spotlights to search for what she hit. As of now, we don't know if he died on impact. If he was still alive, maybe he had a chance of surviving if she had called the police. I couldn't imagine going home and going to bed, knowing that I may have left someone to die on the side of the road. May God be with his and her family. They both lost someone in this tragic accident. Her family will still be able to see her....

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