LSP: Fluid trail leads to arrest in fatal hit and run

LSP: Fluid trail leads to arrest in fatal hit and run

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana State Police say a trail of fluid from a vehicle led to the arrest of a suspect in a fatal hit and run in Slidell.

The crash happened at 10:40 p.m. Saturday on US 190 near the intersection of Christa Drive.

According to investigators, 59-year-old Calvin Lefort Jr. was riding his bicycle westbound on US 190 when he was hit from behind by a 1991 Chevrolet van driven by 48-year-old Larry Dean Kellett. The impact of the crash caused Lefort to become lodged in the windshield of the vehicle.

Investigators say Kellett pulled his vehicle over on the shoulder, pulled Lefort from his windshield and dumped his body near the ditch. Kellett then fled the scene.

Lefort's body was later found by a passerby who called 911. He transported to Slidell Memorial Hospital where he later died.

During the investigation, it was discovered that Kellett's vehicle was dripping fluid after the crash. State Troopers followed the trail of fluid which led them to the home of Kellett's girlfriend. There, they found Kellett and his vehicle.

State Police say Kellett admitted to his involvement in the crash and was arrested. He provided Troopers with a voluntary breath sample that showed no signs of alcohol present.

Kellett has been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail where he is charged with negligent homicide, felony hit and run and driving under suspension.

As part of the investigation, blood samples were taken from Lefort and will be sent to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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