Troopers identify suspect in custody after body found in I-10 median
PRAIRIEVILLE - State Police have identified the man who was arrested in connection with a hit and run that left a woman dead in the median of I-10 near Geismar.
On Saturday, May 14, Troopers said they responded to I-10 West, east of LA 73, for a single-vehicle crash involving a pickup truck. Investigators said the vehicle had been moved from the original crash scene by the time they arrived, but they located the truck parked on the shoulder further down the roadway with heavy front end damage.
Troopers were able to determine that 25-year-old Brodnick Whittington, of St. James, was the driver of the pickup truck through further examination. State Police said they made contact with Whittington by phone, but he refused to return to the scene of the wreck. Authorities impounded Whittington’s truck for further investigation.
At around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16, a grass cutting crew located the body of 35-year-old Jenise Williams, of Harvey, in the median of I-10 west of the LA 74 overpass. State Police and deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office processed the scene, locating evidence consistent with a crash. Based on information gathered at the scene, Troopers were able to determine that Williams was struck by a vehicle.
During the further investigation, State Police were able to connect the scene of Williams’ body with the scene of Whittington’s pickup truck, which were located about a mile apart.
An arrest warrant was issued for Whittington and he was located just before 2 p.m. Tuesday in Gonzales. He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on charges of felony hit and run, obstruction of justice, driving under suspension and open container.