Officer Phillip Firmin, who investigated the accident, didn't so much as pay a visit to the accident scene. I went back later that evening and retrieved a large portion of the bumper of the hit and run vehicle. The vehicle is a white Suburban, Tahoe or Yukon, fairly new, with special interest plates with the numbers 278, and damage to the rear driver's side and rear bumper. The vehicle was driven by a blonde woman (according to witness statements) who lost control and crossed the center line, almost hitting me head on.
Having faith in the police, I thought I would hear from them later that evening. I was told by officer Firmin that the hit and run officer would have the report on Monday, and he would start investigating. By Monday, June 13, having heard nothing, I called the police to see what was happening with my case. Officer John Leblanc of the hit and run office informed me that he was too busy to investigate my case, saying he was backed up from last week and that he had no idea when he could get to it! I told him I was hit by an out of control vehicle and would like to find the driver. His reply was "You and 100 other people!"
I have not heard one word from the Lafayette City Police, and my vehicle has over $5,000 worth of damage. My insurance company will have to cover my damages, less my deductible, plus seven to 10 days in a rental car.
I would like to thank Mr. Earl "Nicky' Picard, Tim Picard, Brian Pope and Sally Spears from the Lafayette City Marshal's office who went out of their way to try to track this vehicle down. It is nice to know that these fine folks tried to help.
If anyone has information that can help in this case, please contact the Lafayette City Marshal's office, as I'm sure the city police will be too busy to take your call.
To the blonde woman who was driving the hit and run vehicle, I hope you can live with yourself.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal believes the last-minute passage of a pension hike for his state police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, was improperly handled, according to the governor's office.
As the courts hash out the attempts to preserve and shelve Common Core in Louisiana, a group of six state lawmakers are planning an Aug. 22 trip to Oklahoma to meet with their counterparts and strategize for the 2015 regular session.
While hopes are high for turnout this fall, a new report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate suggests that Louisiana's midterm face-offs may amount to nothing special in terms of votes cast.
The attorney hired by the Lafayette Parish School Board for a special investigation of Superintendent Pat Cooper has submitted his final report, though it may be another week before the findings are made public.
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An annual report evaluating Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of Medicaid lacked important financial information and presented rosy performance reviews not corroborated by data, according to a review released Monday.
Lafayette attorney Michelle Meaux-Breaux has announced her plans to seek the Division E seat for judge in the 15th Judicial District.
A card-carrying member of Lafayette’s “tribe,” Milton “Spider” Guidry died over the weekend. IND music writer Nick Pittman remembers the character and the man.
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A group of teachers and parents who support Common Core is asking a state judge to invalidate Gov. Bobby Jindal's actions against the multi-state education standards.
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A state judge Friday refused a temporary injunction sought against state education officials in an effort to block implementation of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana.
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In a just-released audio recording, City Prosecutor Gary Haynes claims Mike Harson had direct dealings with the alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme in the DA’s office.
C-P councilmen sponsor a resolution in support of the notion that one should subscribe to Tea Party ideas about civics before being allowed to seek public office.
Russel Honoré, the retired U.S. Army general known for his role in restoring order to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and most recently for his involvement in the Green Army movement to stop environmental abuses of Louisiana, has now weighed in on the police response to protestors in Ferguson, Mo.
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The grim news, delivered to the joint legislative budget committee, barely raised eyebrows at the committee hearing, after more than six years of such disappointing financial forecasts.