Louisiana State Police - State Troopers
Louisiana State Police - State Troopers

Driver in fatal hit-and-run crash identified as person found in Comite River

ZACHARY- State police have identified the driver in the hit-and-run crash that killed a Baton Rouge man in late January.

Officials say Jeffery Variste was driving a Chevy pickup truck east on LA 64 on Jan. 24, while a Dodge truck was traveling west. For reasons unknown, the Dodge truck crossed the center line and hit Variste’s truck head-on.

After the crash occurred, the driver of the Dodge left the crash on foot and has not been found. Variste suffered severe injuries and was transported to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries. 

A passenger in Variste’s vehicle suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Troopers identified the driver of the Dodge pickup as 38-year-old Humberto Vasquez. On Feb. 3, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office recovered a body from the Comite River, which was identified as Vasquez.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is investigating Vasquez’s death and the preliminary findings do not show signs of foul play. 

The crash remains under investigation, and troopers ask that anyone with information regarding this crash should contact Louisiana State Police Troop A at 225-754-8500.

This crash remains under investigation, and Troopers ask that anyone with information regarding this crash contact Louisiana State Police Troop A at 225-754-8500.

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