Public’s help needed finding vehicle & driver that hit & killed Zachary man

EAST BATON ROUGE — A 40-yr-old man was killed around 8:30pm Saturday after he was hit by two separate vehicles, according to State Police.

Troopers responded to a three-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on Hwy. 61 near Hwy. 964 in East Baton Rouge Parish on July 8.

Jacob Perez, 40, of Zachary, died in the accident.

State Police’s preliminary investigation reveals an unknown vehicle hit Perez while he was walking in the northbound lanes of Hwy. 61, just south of Hwy. 964. That unknown vehicle then fled the scene.

Troopers say it was a while later when a 2022 Chevrolet Traverse and a 2019 BMW X3, hit Perez, who was “lying in the roadway and unavoidable.”

Perez died from his injuries on the scene. Standard toxicology samples were obtained from Perez and both drivers and will be submitted.

This crash remains under investigation and troopers are still working to identity the driver and the vehicle that fled the scene. People are asked to keep their eyes peeled for any dents or recognizable damage to any vehicles.

If anyone has information regarding this crash, please contact Louisiana State Police – Troop A at 225-754-8500.

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