Police searching for 2 vehicles involved in hit & run that killed Southern Univ. student; resident sent letter to city-parish in 2018 about dangers of that intersection
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) say they are asking for the public’s help in locating two vehicles they believe were involved in a hit and run crash on Saturday, April 17, that resulted in the death of a Southern University student.
Detectives began investigating the crash in the 8000 block of Scenic Highway near Southern University around 10:42 p.m. Saturday.
Investigators say they believe the crash involved a 1992-1999 C1500 Chevrolet Truck/Suburban and a 2014-2016 Toyota Corolla. Police say both vehicles left the scene before officers arrived.
Q’Ryon Williams, 18, of Marrero, La., was hit while attempting to cross Scenic Highway, according to investigators. Police say Williams died on Tuesday, April 20 at an area hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.
Williams’ older sister is in disbelief after her brother was hit by two cars while trying to cross Scenic Highway to return to his dorm, after a late-night shift at McDonald’s.
“It took somebody’s life who was really loved. And that was really a good person genuinely. And we need answers,” said Quriyan Wiliams, sister of the victim.
“And can honestly say, even he would’ve forgave you, even he would’ve understood its a mistake. I can understand an accident, but I can’t understand cruelty, or just you not understanding enough to help,” said Williams.
Q’Ryon died at the hospital Tuesday afternoon.
But could all of this have been avoided in the first place? Just how safe is this busy intersection located right next to Southern University?
“Something has to be done soon,” said Patrick Fabre, a nearby resident. “I don’t want this to keep happening to people.”
In fact, Fabre wrote a letter a few years back to the East Baton Rouge Department of Transportation and Drainage, asking for a pedestrian walkway to be put in at the intersection.
“I requested to get it there, with the push buttons on the pole, and I mailed it in 2018. And as of today, I haven’t gotten a response and I did it certified letter return receipt,” Fabre added.
The letter states that he and other citizens are “concerned for the safety of the SU students as well as others who travel through this intersection who do not drive a vehicle.”
“I’ve seen a fatality here with a motorbike at this intersection and several other accidents. Even with police units having accidents at this intersection in the past couple of years,” Fabre explained.
“Again, I think it should happen sooner than later,” said EBR Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks (District 2).
Banks says while Scenic Highway is a state-run highway, she will now advocate DOTD to install new safety precautions at more intersections like this, especially before the fall semester starts at Southern.
“Right now, if we do something as simple as painting a walkway, that would bring cautions that this is an area that puts that pedestrian crossing signs, I think those are easy solutions that can happen in a short period of time,” Banks explained.
A representative from Southern University confirmed to WAFB that Williams was a student at the university.
Southern University released the following statement:
“Southern University extends condolences to the family and loved ones of student Q’Ryon Williams, who died Tuesday as a result of being in a fatal hit-and-run vehicular crash on April 17. The Baton Rouge Police Department is in charge of this off-campus incident, which occurred near the intersection of Scenic Highway and Harding Boulevard. Police believe two vehicles were involved in the crash: a 1992-1999 C1500 Chevrolet Truck/Suburban and a 2014-2016 Toyota Corolla. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact BRPD at 225-389-7819.”
Anyone with information about this hit and run crash is asked to contact BRPD’s Traffic Homicide Division at 225-389-7819 or Crime Stoppers at (225)344-7867.
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