Impairment suspected in teen’s death; hit and run driver arrested

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Catahoula Parish – Early yesterday evening, June 25, a single vehicle crash killed a young teenage pedestrian from Jonesville.  The driver, suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and other drug(s), fled the scene after running over her.  However, the driver was apprehended a short time later.

Troopers responded to the crash around 7:20 p.m. on Taylor Road, near LA Hwy 923.  The crash involved a 1984 Toyota pickup, driven by Earl A. Hancock, w/m, 23, of Jonesville and a young teenage pedestrian, identified as Cadance L. Parker, w/f, 14.

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The Toyota was westbound on Taylor Road when Hancock lost control and exited the left side of the roadway.  After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with Parker while she was taking the trash to the roadway in front of her residence.

Hancock was not wearing a seat belt, but was not injured.  He was charged with vehicular homicide, felony hit and run, careless operation, driving under suspension, open container, no vehicle registration, expired MVI, no insurance and booked into the Catahoula Parish Detention Center.

Parker was pronounced dead.

Routine toxicology tests are pending.  The crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Police has zero tolerance for impaired drivers.  To report aggressive/impaired driving, call *LSP (*577) from your cellular phone or your local law enforcement agency.

In 2018, Troop E has investigated 22 fatal crashes resulting in 22 deaths.