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Local woman dies in hit and run in Louisiana

A Picayune woman died from injuries suffered Friday night in a hit-and-run accident on I-59.

At about 11:16 p.m., Louisiana State Police responded to the scene of an accident on I-59 at milepost 8.1 in St. Tammany Parish, according to a release from the department.

A 2003 Chevrolet van driven by Earl Favre, 69, of Picayune, was northbound on the interstate in the right lane when the van was struck from the rear by a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by an unidentified driver.

After the impact, the van traveled off the roadway to the right and hit a guardrail, then rolled over several times ejecting the passenger, identified as Dolores Favre, 66, also of Picayune. The pickup traveled off the roadway to the left hitting a guardrail, then continued across both lanes of I-59 northbound striking another guardrail. It then continued across both lanes of I-59 north bound striking a bridge rail. The pickup then traveled off the road way to the right hitting a tree, coming to a final stop. The driver then fled the scene of the crash.

The driver of the van was transported to Slidell Memorial Hospital for medical treatment for moderate injuries. The passenger, Dolores Favre, was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, due to injuries sustained in the crash, the release states.

Alcohol was not suspected to be involved in the crash on the part of the victims, however blood results are pending at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, the release states.

An investigation is ongoing to identify the driver of the pickup and is being handled by Tpr. Robert Grimes. Anyone with information that could help troopers identify the driver can contact Troop L at 1-985-893-6250.