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Woman charged with hit and run death, arrested for DWI

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Posted: Aug 16, 2011 10:46 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Aug 17, 2011 6:05 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Fitzpatrick, Hadley, hit-and-run, DWI, Ascension Parish, Prairieville

BATON ROUGE- A woman charged with a hit-and-run, that killed someone in Ascension Parish, is back in jail.

34-year-old Kathleen Fitzpatrick was arrested for DWI in Prairieville on July 27th. Troopers say she was pulled over for driving in the wrong lane. State Police say they found alcohol in the car and her blood alcohol level was more than three-times the legal limit. The arrest was made around 4:30 p.m. on that Wednesday.

Fitzpatrick was arrested in December, two days after investigators say she left the scene of a hit-and-run on Highway 42 in Prairieville. Twenty-two-year-old Crisy Hadley was killed. State Police say Fitzpatrick was pulled over in the same vehicle she's accused of hitting Hadley with.

Fitzpatrick is set to go to trial in about a month in the hit-and-run case.

No one at the address for Fitzpatrick was home to comment on the new arrest. However, Hadley's family and friends have one word for the situation.

"It's karma, that's how I feel and I think that's good for her, I think that was supposed to happen, It should have happened the first time," said friend Laci Lambert.

Mother Monica Chambliss said, "Sweet justice, karma, Christine and I were both firm believers in karma and she's getting hers."

"That's what she gets, that's what she deserves and there's no way this could have been her first time driving under the influence," said friend Lauren Rusling.

Ascension Parish Prosecutor Shawn Bush agrees and says the latest arrest gives her more motivation to word hard on the hit and run case.

"I think that she's a dangerous individual, I think that society should be concerned with a person like Kathleen Fitzpatrick, that believes it's okay to kill somebody with your vehicle and then a few months later get arrested for a DWI," said Bush.

The District Attorney's Office wants a judge to revoke Fitzpatrick's original bond. The current bond for the first offense DWI is $100,000.

Fitzpatrick was still in the Ascension Parish jail as of Tuesday night.

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