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LSP: Vehicle fluid trail leads to arrest of Slidell man in fatal hit-and-run crash

10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Sunday, November 26 2017 Nov 26, 2017 November 26, 2017 11:26 AM November 26, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

SLIDELL - A Slidell man was arrested following a fatal hit-and-run crash on US 190 Saturday night.

According to Louisiana State Police, a fluid trail from the suspect's vehicle would ultimately lead to his arrest.

At 10:40 p.m. on Nov. 25, Troopers responded to a fatal hit and run crash on US 190 near the intersection of Christa Drive. A cyclist, 59-year-old Calvin Lefort Jr. of Slidell, was killed in the crash, according to LSP.

Through the initial investigation, State Police discovered the crash occurred as Lefort was riding his bicycle westbound on US 190. Lefort was hit from behind by a 1991 Chevrolet Van driven by the suspect, 48-year-old Larry Dean Kellett of Slidell.

The impact caused Lefort to become lodged in the windshield of Kellett's van, according to State Police.

Following the crash, Kellett stopped his vehicle on the shoulder, removed Lefort from the windshield and dumped his body near the ditch. Kellett then fled the scene, according to State Police.

A passerby later saw Lefort's body and called 911. Lefort was transported from the scene to Slidell Memorial Hospital in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.

During the investigation, it was discovered that Kellett's van was dripping fluid after the crash. Investigating Troopers were able to follow the fluid trail to the residence of Kellett's girlfriend, where Kellett and his van were both located.

Kellett admitted to his involvement in the crash. He provided Troopers with a voluntary breath sample, which showed no amount of alcohol present.

Kellett was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of negligent homicide, one count of felony hit-and-run and one count of driving under suspension.

Troopers later determined that Lefort was not wearing a helmet and his bicycle was not equipped with lights.

Blood samples were collected from Lefort for analysis as part of the on-going investigation.

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