Grieving father gets closure nearly a year after his son's death

Grieving father gets closure nearly a year after his son's death

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It's been almost a year since Eric Fabre's life was tragically cut short in a hit-and-run accident. His father, Jack, says every day without his son is painful.

"It's actually been 359 days since the event," says Jack Fabre.

On June 20 of last year, Eric Fabre, an LSU student, had gone bowling with friends.

"They left and were going just a few blocks up the street to get something to eat," Fabre says.

Eric's friends were in one car and Eric was just behind them on his motor scooter on Airline in Baton Rouge.

"And, they saw his lights go down. They stopped immediately and ran back," Fabre says.

The car that police say hit Eric, a reddish Chrysler 300, sped away. Police say it was later found burned in an abandoned lot. The driver, 35-year-old Janneh Trench of Vacherie, had disappeared.

Police began searching for the suspect.

Fabre, desperate for justice, began pleading with the public for help.

"We went to his hometown of Vacherie. We went to New Orleans. We posted flyers and talked to people," says Fabre.

On Monday, just five days shy of the anniversary of Eric's tragic death, Jack received a phone call from the U.S. Marshals.

"He was in custody. An arrest had been made. They found him in Clayton, Georgia," says Fabre.

Trench is booked with negligent homicide, felony hit-and-run, reckless operation and obstruction of justice.

"I think he robbed him of a life of dreams, and not just him, but everybody who loved him," says Fabre.

Eric was heading into his senior year at LSU when he was killed just two weeks before his 21st birthday. His father says an arrest in the case is comforting, but the pain of losing his son will never fade away.

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