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Family pleads for hit-and-run driver to turn themselves in

Posted at 3:06 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 19:19:49-04

The Opelousas Police Department is asking for help in identifying a vehicle of interest that was involved in a pedestrian hit-and-run crash.

The crash happened at 6:00 am on Saturday near the intersection of Union St. and Beverly Blvd. in Opelousas. The victim received severe injuries as a result of the crash, according to police. The pedestrian was walking in the roadway when the driver of the vehicle struck the victim and left the scene without stopping.

The victim is still hospitalized and is listed in stable but guarded condition.

Family members are identifying the victim as 31-year-old Chelsea Fontenot.

Her family is calling the driver a cowered and they are pleading for them to turn themselves in.

Chelsea's sister Stephney Fontenot said, "Somebody else had to stop and call 911. Here it is, she's fighting for her life. She has a son and that's our sister. We love her."

Fontenot said her sister has had multiple surgeries and has even flat-lined twice.

"We were like we're here. If you hear us, can you move," Fontenot said. "She moved her arm and she moved one of her feet. She tried to make a noise. She's still connected to the machine, but she is breathing a little bit on her own."

The vehicle of interest described by a witness as a dark blue pickup truck possibly a GMC or Chevrolet (2012-2014) with possible damage to the front grille, according to investigators. The vehicle may also have a large decal on the rear back glass.

Fontenot said it will take time for her sister and best friend to heal.

"She's a lot of fun. She loves to make you laugh," Fontenot said. "She's a joker and has her ups and downs like we all do. She has a good heart."

Anyone with information regarding this vehicle should contact the Opelousas Police Department at 337-948-2500.