State Police said a Vacherie woman was killed Sunday morning in St. James Parish after a man crashed his vehicle into her car and then fled on foot into a nearby wooded area.
The man, Corey Newton, 24, was arrested and booked with DWI along with other counts.
Brittany Harris, 25, was driving a Dodge Charger north on La. 3213 near Airline Highway around 5:30 a.m. when she was struck on the driver’s side by a sedan driven by Corey Newton, 24, who apparently had run a red light, said Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer, a State Police spokesman.
Harris’ car left the road and slammed into a utility pole. She was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene, Sandifer said.
Newton, who was uninjured, left the crash site and fled into the woods, Sandifer said.
He was arrested and booked into St. James Parish jail on counts of vehicular homicide, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, hit-and-run driving, and a traffic-light violation.