POLICE: Arrest made after driver crashes into home, killing elderly man inside, then fleeing the scene

POLICE: Arrest made after driver crashes into home, killing elderly man inside, then fleeing the scene
Jermaine Bernard Applewhite, DOB: 3/8/1996, is charged with hit and run, no driver's license, negligent homicide, reckless operation, and criminal damage to property. (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - An arrest has been made after a man was killed when a car crashed into his home and the driver fled the scene, police say.

On Tuesday, March 3, the Baton Rouge Police Department announced the arrest of Jermaine Applewhite, 23, in connection with the case. Applewhite was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of hit and run, no driver’s license, negligent homicide, reckless operation, and criminal damage to property.

A 69-year-old man was killed after Applewhite crashed a car into the man’s home, police say.

“They had to be going at a high rate of speed, and it’s something illegal about it because they jumped up and ran,” said Irma Myers, the owner of the home located in the 3400 block of Victoria Drive.

According to BRPD, the crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 and claimed the life of Jaime Antonio Pineda.

“All we heard was a loud crash, and when we heard the crash, see I don’t go to bed, I sleep in the sitting area, and when I heard the crash, we jumped up, ran all over the house to see what was that crash, and came to this room, and that’s when we saw all of this,” said Myers.

The man killed in the crash was one of the five people who lived in the home, witnesses say.

Witnesses say a black 2008 Infiniti G35 was going too fast and went off the road. That car hit a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder that was parked outside the home, causing it to crash into the home.

The driver got out of the car and took off running.

“When we came out here the car was here, but the person was gone. They had jumped out and run. [Police] said a trail of blood, showed that they were hurt pretty bad,” said Myers.

The man, who was inside the home, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Marcleo Hernandez lives across the street and heard a loud boom which woke him up.

"It was a lot of police and the road was full, and a helicopter, maybe looking for somebody else," said Hernandez.

Myers is hopeful that her insurance will cover the damage, but says that still can’t bring her friend back to life.

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