MARRERO, LA (WVUE) - A 72-year old woman was killed in an accident involving a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy early Monday morning.
The victim, identified as Mary Truxillo, 72, of Marrero, was hit as two Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office cruisers were traveling through the intersection, according to witnesses.
Investigators said Deputy Jean-Fritz Cadet was responding to a 911 call on Rue Herman minutes before the accident happened.
"The caller called 911 and told the operator that two male subjects were walking up to the door handles of residences and appeared to be pulling on them. Naturally, that type of call would be dispatched as a burglary in progress," said JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato, with JPSO, said.
Witnesses said they thought Cadet had his lights and sirens on before the collision.
"He was dazed, like, I guess from the impact. That impact would daze anybody, but he was delirious a little bit, but I heard him say something like, 'I don't know why she pulled out,'" said Louis Mitchell, who lives nearby.
Mitchell then made his way to Truxillo's car to check on her.
"When I walked over there by the lady, man, I looked in the car I had to walk away. She was gagging for breath, she took like two big deep breaths and then she tilted down. I knew right then and there it was over," Mitchell said.
Truxillo was pronounced dead at the scene. Cadet was taken to West Jefferson Hospital but is expected to be okay.