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Chalmette man's arrest is some comfort to family of hit-and-run victim

NEW ORLEANS - A 70-year-old Chalmette man has been booked with negligent homicide in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident over the weekend.
    
Louisiana State Police said in a news release that Harold Barrett turned himself in at the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office on Wednesday.
    
Authorities said 54-year-old Donna Landry, of Chalmette, was likely killed Sunday after being struck by a pickup truck on Louisiana Highway 46 in St. Bernard Parish. The motorist left the scene.
    
Barrett is also charged with felony hit-and-run and reckless operation.
    
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, Landry's family is trying to come to terms with the way she died. For Landry's daughter, Christina Benjamin, it's a tough start to the new year.

"I'll be reminded every year that this is when she left us," Benjamin said. "So I just saw her the day after Christmas. ...The autopsy report was kind of severe, so she had to be hit pretty hard. And maybe she was knocked to the side, because nobody called and nobody reported it."

A bicyclist spotted Landry's body on the side of the road and called police.

"So she laid there, and the person that hit her didn't bother to call or go anonymously," Benjamin said. "He just went on his way."

Benjamin said the entire family is reeling.

"My sister has a baby on the way, and my mom had two grandchildren and she loved them more than anything," she said. "She didn't deserve this. She didn't plan on taking a walk and being hit and then they didn't care enough about her life to maybe save her life by just going to make a phone call."   

For Benjamin, there's some comfort in knowing an arrest has been made, but she realizes nothing will bring her mother back.

"It's just - it's not even real to me," she said. "It's not even real, and as the holidays come and pass and I don't have her here - it's just - I'm going to take it one day at a time."

The family has set up a fund in Donna Landry's name to help pay for her funeral. Donations can be made at any Whitney Bank branch.

 

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