Oct 15, 2009 2:46 PM by Jthibodeaux
The pedestrian killed in a Monday night traffic accident in Houma turned out not to be the man police thought he was.
Police at first thought he was Roland Carcisse Sr. of Thibodaux. The victim was carrying a picture identification card that the 47-year-old Carcisse had lost. Police Chief Todd Duplantis said Wednesday that there was enough of a resemblance to the victim that officers believed they had the right ID - so they informed Carcisse's relatives.
[picture courtsey of The Daily Comet]
Carcisse learned of the mistake when his sister, in tears because she thought her brother was dead, called his girlfriend on Tuesday.
"Girl, you talking to me," he remembers telling his sister.
Family members are relieved to know it was a mistake but they - and police - still want to know who the real victim was and how he got the card.
Carcisse said he lost the state-issued card in March at a party in Houma and never recovered it.
The pedestrian was in the right lane of West Main Street in Houma Monday night when he was hit by a pickup truck. Police said the victim's dark clothes combined with heavy rain made it difficult for the driver to see him.
The driver passed an alcohol breath test. Officers issued him a misdemeanor summons for a charge of simple marijuana possession because they found what they suspect was the drug in his truck.
After the accident, officers drove to Thibodaux to contact Carcisse's sister Barbara Jones. She said she called his girlfriend's house to pass on the news.
Carcisse answered the phone. "I was like, 'brother Roland?'," she said.
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