19-year-old Houma woman killed after being struck by 2 vehicles

19-year-old Houma woman killed after being struck by 2 vehicles

HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - The Houma Police department is investigating a traffic incident that killed a 19-year-old woman Thursday evening.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. in the area of Grand Calliou Road and Mary Ann Street in Houma.

Police say 19-year-old Miricotera Franklin of Houma was walking across the street with a group of friends, when she was hit by a vehicle.

"She put her hand out for the car to stop, yeah, she like said, 'stop,'" said the victim's aunt, Octavia Bell. "Instantly the car hit her. It hit her hard."

As she was lying in the highway, police said another vehicle struck her.

"Then, apparently, the second vehicle struck her a second time, dragged her a certain amount of feet north on Grand Calliou Road," said Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman.

Officers say they learned that driver of the initial vehicle that struck Franklin stopped, but the driver of the second vehicle kept driving north on Grand Calliou Road. Police said the driver was last seen making a right turn onto Mary Ann Street.

Another aunt, Jackie Hartman, arrived minutes later.

"It was horrible," she said. "Mirico had blood coming from everywhere. It was horrible to see Mirico on that ground, and then I had to be the one to see all of that."

According to the police department, emergency crews rushed Franklin to Chabert Medical Center, where she later died as a result of her injuries.

Coleman said the driver of the first vehicle that struck Franklin voluntarily submitted to alcohol testing, and the results were negative. They are now looking for the driver of the second vehicle.

"He knew, whoever did it, the way Mirico was dragged - he knew," Hartman said. "How he could go to sleep last night? He knew he hit somebody."

"I just hope that person comes forward," Bell said. "I hope their conscience eats them up. Let them come forward. She was only 19 years old and had just started life."

The Houma Police Department would like anyone with information regarding the other vehicle involved to contact HPD or Bayou Region Crime Stoppers at 1-800-743-7433, or www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.

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