State Police: ID released of alleged hit-and-run driver

Posted at 7:08 PM, Oct 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 19:28:00-04

Update: The person arrested in connection with a Friday hit-and-run crash has been identified.

Victoria Herpin, 21, of Opelousas was booked Monday afternoon with hit-and-run driving and failure to yield at a stop sign. State Police obtained a warrant for her arrest, and she allegedly confessed to troopers, a spokesman said.

The crash happened Friday on La. 742.

KATC's Kendria LaFleur spoke with the family who escaped the hit-and-run crash. The crash left major damage to two vehicle and three people injured.

Here's her story:

A St.Landry parish family is counting their blessings after surviving a violent hit and run crash.

"By the grace of God. God was with us," Lori Disotell said. "No other explanation because we should be dead."

The crash happened Friday between Port Barre and Opelousas on La. 742 near Jennings Road.

When we talked to Disotell this morning, State Police still were searching for the driver of a truck they believe caused the crash.

"It makes me sick to my stomach . It's my bruises will heal, but I don't know if my mind ever will," Dishotell says. "We were still in the car at this time,"

Lori and her husband Ivory are still in awe that they survived the violent crash.

"I don't know how we made it . I don't know how we lived through that," she says.

According to troopers, a truck hit the passenger side of Dishotell's car, causing it to spin into the other lane, where it was hit by another truck. Ivory was on the passenger side, and while he might not remember the moment of impact, there are painful reminders.

"He has 4 broken vertebrae in his back, broken cheek bone, a bone went into his sinus , and one in his eye. he can't hardly walk without screaming in pain," his wife says.

Lori also is suffering with injuries, and both question why the driver of the truck didn't stop.

"How can you see what you just did and keep going. Like he didn't know if we were dead or if I had kids and they were dead. He just kept going," Lori says.

Here's our story from Sunday:

State Police are asking for help to locate a vehicle of interest in a Friday hit-and-run crash.

The crash happened between Port Barre and Opelousas on La. 742 near Jennings Road, troopers say.

A truck hit a car near the rear door, causing the car to spin into the path of another vehicle, which also hit the car, troopers say.

There were injuries, and major damage to two vehicles, troopers say.

The vehicle of interest was caught on nearby surveillance cameras:

The vehicle involved in the crash will have damage to the front bumper and possibly the front passenger-side fender.

Anyone with information about the crash can call State Police Troop I at 262-5880 or St. Landry Parish Crime Stoppers at 948-TIPS or via the P3 app.