Eric Fabre and his friends had just left a bowling alley on June 20, he on his motorcycle and his roommates in a truck ahead.
They were headed to a Taco Bell a few blocks away when, shortly after midnight, the LSU senior was struck from behind by a speeding red sedan on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway.
The 20-year-old from Slidell was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police now say the driver of that sedan, Janneh Trench, 35, of Vacherie, sped away right after hitting Fabre. On Friday, they issued a warrant for Trench’s arrest.
After striking Fabre in a blow that dented the sedan’s fender, Trench raced to an abandoned parking lot on Erie Street and burned the Chrysler sedan in an attempt to destroy any evidence of the crash, according to the arrest warrant. It was unclear how exactly he burned the car, but flames left it totaled, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a police spokesman.
The car was discovered within hours, burned to a crisp. But investigators searching through the vehicle’s remains managed to find burned paperwork with Trench’s name, the warrant says. The car belongs to a woman whom Trench divorced, although she told police she’d been letting him drive the car.
Trench, of 1574 W. Ninth St., Vacherie, is wanted on counts of felony hit-and-run, reckless operation, obstruction of justice and operating a vehicle while under suspension.
He remained at large as of Friday evening and may face further charges, including arson, Coppola said.
Three weeks after the incident, Fabre’s father, Jack Fabre, remains devastated by the loss of his son.
Eric Fabre, who had aspirations to work in wildlife enforcement and was engaged to a fellow LSU student, would have turned 21 on July 2, almost two weeks after the hit-and-run, his father said. They had planned to celebrate his birthday with a fishing trip.
“To lose someone that was such a special young man that did all the right things and played by the rules … (and) to have that taken away from him was heart-wrenching,” Jack Fabre said. “Our lives have been turned upside down.”