St. Landry Sheriff's deputies have identified the body found Saturday as Chance Greene, 18, the son of a woman killed in a hit-and-run Saturday night.
Following an autopsy, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz released Greene's identity, and stated that preliminary reports indicate he died of a single gunshot wound. Deputies believe it to be a homicide, the sheriff said.
Deputies are working with the Opelousas Police Department, because Greene had been reported as a missing person.
The night after his body was found, his mother died on a highway after she ran into the street, distraught. Kizzy Greene, 42, and Angela Broussard, 41, both of Opelousas, were hit by a vehicle that sped away. Witnesses told State Troopers that Greene had received a phone call from someone who said her son was dead, and had run from the house, distraught.
Troopers say that after following tips and conducting a thorough investigation, 66-year-old Michael S. Thibodeaux of Washington was identified as the driver of the vehicle.
An arrest warrant was obtained for Thibodeaux and he was arrested and booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on a charge of Hit and Run Driving.
Troopers say the crash happened Saturday around 10:30 p.m. on La. 749 near Legion Lane.
Three pedestrians were struck by a vehicle believed to be driven by Thibodeaux. After striking the pedestrians, troopers say Thibodeaux continued on.
Greene and Broussard died at the scene. A third person was treated for minor injuries.
According to State Police, witnesses told troopers that Greene had received a distressing phone call about her son. She ran into the roadway, very upset, and the other women were trying to calm her and get her up and out of the street, when the vehicle hit them, witnesses told police.
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"You don't expect that coming out of your house," Randall Richard said."You see your fiancé and her friend gone in a blink of an eye it's devastating."
Richard is trying to come to terms with the loss of his fiancé ,Angela Broussard, and his friend Kizzy Greene; the two women who were killed in Saturday's hit and run. Richard says moments before the crash, Greene received devastating news.
"Her oldest son was killed or murdered," Richard said. "That's a mother's child you can imagine what she was going through." Richard says Greene was overcome with grief. "She made a mistake," Richard said. "I'm so sorry it cost her her life. She loved her kids just like Angela loved her kids.
According to investigators, Greene's 18-year-old son, Chance, died of a gunshot wound. His death is still under investigation. Meanwhile, Richard is grateful an arrest has been made in the hit and run.