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BRPD: Hit-and-run suspects also wanted for armed robbery

3 years 4 months 6 days ago January 21, 2014 Jan 21, 2014 Tuesday, January 21 2014 January 21, 2014 5:51 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Hunter Robinson, Adrian Pittman

BATON ROUGE - BRPD says the three men wanted for a hit-and-run that killed another driver late Monday night were on-the-run from police from an armed robbery earlier in the day.

The wreck happened at North 30th and Fairfields in Baton Rouge just before midnight on Monday. Witnesses said a car ran through a stop sign on North 30th and slammed into another vehicle, sending it into a telephone pole. The car snapped the pole in half.

People living near by say the crash was loud and very gruesome.

"I was in the car with my friends and I seen this wreck. The man was thrown out the car and it hurt my feelings when I saw he was dead," said eyewitness Allegriae Dupree.

The three men in the vehicle got out of the car and fled the scene on foot. According to police, the men are also wanted for the armed robbery of a man's cell phone on Monday afternoon.

The driver of the vehicle the car hit was ejected and died at the scene. Police have not released the name of the victim at this time.

Now people in the area are left on edge.

"I'm paranoid and scared. Now I'm going to be scared for the children that walk in the streets since they have reckless drivers. They took someone's life," said Dupree.

Police are also investigating to see if the officers involved in the chase followed the department's pursuit policy.

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