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Victim in Lake Charles hit and run identified, police searching for driver

Lake Charles Police
Posted at 4:37 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 17:37:02-04

The victim in a Lake Charles hit and run earlier this week has been identified as 47-year-old James Thadious Johnston.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on July 21, the Lake Charles Police Department was called to the intersection of Louisiana Highway 14 and Interstate 210 in reference to a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian underneath the overpass.

An investigation found that the pedestrian was walking across the roadway of Hwy 14 when she was struck by a pick-up truck. After he was struck, police say the driver of the truck did not stop and kept driving north.

Johnston was transported to a local hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.

LCPD officers asking for the public's assistance in locating a gray GM truck with damage to the driver side of the vehicle.

Anyone with information on the hit and run is asked to contact Sergeant Scott Dougherty at 337-491-1456 or by email at

READ MORE: Lake Charles Police search for driver of vehicle in fatal hit-and-run crash

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