Posted: Sep 4, 2013 6:38 PM by Akeam Ashford
Updated: Sep 5, 2013 7:40 AM
The Broussard Police Department is investigating a crash that damaged the lighted archway at the Zoo Of Acadiana.
Police say an unidentified tan-colored truck destroyed part of the zoo's archway entrance Friday. The zoo has surveillance video of the driver hitting the steel archway before leaving the main entrance.
Zoo Assistant Director Matt Oldenburg says the driver destroyed four of the eight steel beams.
"We're not upset, we would rather this be made right," says Oldenburg. "We're not looking to do more than that at this point, we just want to fix what was done."
The zoo posted the video to its Facebook page, hoping someone can identify the driver.
In the meantime, Broussard Police Chief, Brannon Decou, says his department is investigating the incident as a hit-and-run incident.
"Whatever the issue was, it is possibly just a distracted driver," says Decou. "It doesn't mean that there was a full intent in just damaging the property. We're encouraging that person to come forward also, so whatever the outcome is it can be resolved."
Every December, the zoo lights the archway for the Safari of Lights display.
"It's the very first impression that people have when people come here at night to see the lights," says Oldenburg. "It really get kids excited when they go up under the big lighted archway."
Broussard Police say the driver is facing hit-and-run charges.
If you have information regarding the accident, contact the Broussard Police Department.