Oct 31, 2013 10:48 PM by KATC

Mamou Man Arrested for Vehicular Homicide Following Hit and Run Investigation

A Mamou man is in jail tonight for vehicular homicide after a hit and run investigation that left a 30 year old man dead.

Troopers say, their initial investigation shows that in the early morning hours of October 19th, 30-year-old Johnaton Ben of Mamou was walking east on Highway 104 when he was struck from behind by a vehicle which fled the scene.

Days after the crash, Troopers say they were able to obtain information that a 2009 Dodge Ram truck, driven by 32-year-old Kenneth Romero of Mamou, was the vehicle which struck Ben.

Troopers obtained a warrant for Romero's arrest. He was arrested this evening, without incident at his home. Romero was booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail for vehicular homicide and felony hit and run.

Troopers were assisted in their investigation by Deputies with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office. This crash remains under investigation.

Last year, 62% of the fatal crashes investigated by Troop I involved some form of impairment. While results are still pending in this crash, Troopers remind drivers about the dangers of impaired driving. Even after having just one drink, decision making abilities are hindered. Make the responsible decision every time, don't drink and drive.


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