Driver booked with DWI accused of killing pedestrian

Updated: Mar. 31, 2017 at 5:01 PM CDT
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COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - "My brother made it across the highway. He was almost home," Annette Perkins said.

Perkins can barely stand the pain of losing her brother, 56-year-old Joseph Foreman.

Foreman was walking home around 8:30 p.m. Thursday when he tried to cross Collins Boulevard near E. 35th Avenue.

"He walked this stretch over a thousand times. It was just like a pattern for him, but unfortunately he did not make it to his destination," Perkins said.

"Mr. Nathaniel Magee was driving his Ford Taurus on Collins Boulevard when he struck our victim," Police Chief Tim Lentz said.

Foreman's injuries were severe and he was airlifted to the North Oaks Trauma Center in Hammond.

"He was unresponsive. They had tubes in him. You could see the blood. He was bleeding from the back of his head. It was terrible," Perkins said.

Foreman died a short time later.

Police said the driver showed signs of intoxication on the scene. Investigators believed he was on some type of narcotic. State Troopers were called in to help with the investigation.

"We were able to use their assistance in our field sobriety test and realized he was indeed intoxicated. He also admitted to taking some pills,"  Lentz said.

Magee was arrested and booked with vehicular homicide and first offense DWI.

"I just want justice to be served because in a lot of cases like this, first offense people walk away, and I'm hoping that he won't walk away," Perkins said.

"I think if you're under the influence you shouldn't be behind the wheel of a car," says Carrie Foster.

Foreman's family wants justice.

Lentz said people need to think beyond the traditional DWI.

"This wasn't an alcohol-related accident. He was on pills. That is still illegal. You can't drive while you're consuming pills," he said.

"I pray that he thinks about my brother, the man he hit, every day," Foster said.

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