The investigation into a fatal 2014 hit-and-run in Baton Rouge is ongoing, a prosecutor said Thursday, even though a grand jury took no action against the St. James Parish man arrested in death of an LSU student.
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury on Wednesday considered counts of hit-and-run driving, simple arson and obstruction of justice, but pretermitted the case against Janneh L. Trench, 37, of Vacherie, in the June 20, 2014, death of 20-year-old Eric Fabre, of Slidell.
Pretermitting the case means the grand jury neither indicted nor cleared Trench. The jurors can consider other evidence down the road if it is brought to the panel by prosecutors.
“Our investigation of this case is not over,” First Assistant District Attorney Tracey Barbera stressed. “We are still trying to gather additional information. We do believe there is additional information that could surface.
“We are doing everything we can to seek justice for this family.”
Fabre was riding on a scooter about 12:50 a.m. when he was struck from behind by a speeding red Chrysler 300 on Airline Highway near Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge police have said. Trench, who was accused of running into Fabre’s vehicle, fled and later set fire to his sedan in an abandoned lot in the 2500 block of Erie Street in an attempt to destroy evidence in the crash, police stated.
The grand jury document that indicated the panel pretermitted the case states Trench, at the time of the hit-and-run, had three prior DWI convictions in the 23rd Judicial District, which covers Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes.
The District Attorney’s Office has four years from the date of the crash to initiate prosecution against the person who caused Fabre’s death, Barbera said.
Trench was arrested last June in Clayton, Georgia, and extradited to Baton Rouge the following month.
He has been free on bond since July 22.