From Louisiana State Police
Candace Parker struck and killed by her cousin Earl Hancock in front of her home; he fled like a coward and was nabbed by police for felony hit and run; DUI charges pending
Catahoula Parish – Early June 25, 2018, a single vehicle crash killed a young teenage pedestrian from Jonesville, LA. reports the Louisiana State Police. The driver, suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and other drugs (s), fled the scene after running over her. However, the driver was apprehended a short time later.
Troopers responded to the crash around 7:20 p.m., which occurred on Taylor Road, near LA Hwy 923. The crash involved a 1984 Toyota pickup, driven by Earl A. Hancock (W/M 23 yrs) of Jonesville and a young teenage pedestrian, identified as Cadance L. Parker (W/F 14 yrs). The Toyota was westbound on Taylor Road when Hancock lost control and exited the left side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with Parker while she was taking the trash to the roadway, in front of her residence.
Hancock was not wearing a seatbelt but was not injured. He was charged with vehicular homicide, felony hit and run careless operation, driving under suspension, open container, no vehicle registration, expired MVI, no insurance and booked into the Catahoula Parish Detention Center.
Parker was pronounced dead.
Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
Motorists must be reminded that alcohol and other drugs have many effects on the body. Alcohol and other drugs can impair visual ability, alter the sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle, and decrease reaction times. Just one drink may cause these effects. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Not doing so can have deadly consequences.
Louisiana State Police has zero tolerance for impaired drivers. To report aggressive/impaired driving, call *LSP (*577) from your cellular phone or your local law enforcement agency.
In 2018, Troop E has investigated 22 fatal crashes resulting in 22 deaths.