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Denham Springs man killed in crash has organs donated to save others

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DENHAM SPRINGS - A 26-year-old man was able to save more than one life after he was killed in a fatal hit-and-run crash.

State Police said the crash happened Friday, Aug. 5, shortly after 11:30 p.m. on LA 1019, east of LA 16 in Denham Springs. It ultimately claimed the life of 26-year-old Kyle Rowland and severely injured his girlfriend, Bale' Boudreaux.

Troopers said Rowland was riding a motorcycle eastbound on LA 1019 with Boudreaux. At the same time, a pickup truck reportedly driven by 23-year-old Kyle Manno was traveling west in the opposite lane.

For reasons still under investigation, the truck crossed the center line and crashed into the motorcycle.

Rowland and Boudreaux were ejected from the motorcycle on impact. Both victims were seriously injured and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Rowland later died from his injuries and Boudreaux is in a Baton Rouge hospital with serious injuries.

"There's nothing left on her leg, bones sticking out," said Kelli Hewitt, Kyle's mother. "She said, 'your son saved my life, he's a hero. He saved my life, he actually pushed that bike. All I remember is hanging on to him tight and when we hit he hit the truck and then hit the windshield and he flew.'"

Hewitt says Kyle's organs were donated and were able to save more than one life.

"It was a 54-year-old man who got the heart and they had to give him some of the liver. She said the liver could save 14 or 15 more lives cause all they needed is a piece," Hewitt said.

Now the family is praying for justice for her son.

"[Manno] should've never been on the road. He should've thought about getting on that road before he did that and now he's got to live with that for the rest of his life and my son is dead because of him."

Manno was arrested Aug. 11 and booked into the Livingston Parish Jail on charges of hit-and-run, obstruction of justice, negligent injury, and improper lane usage.

Following Rowland's death, Manno was rebooked into the jail on additional charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring, unsafe vehicle, and open container.


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