Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop L have arrested 33-year-old Erica Needham of Folsom on the charges of Hit and Run (Felony), Failure to Yield – Turning Left at Intersection, and Tires Extending Past Fenders.
Shortly before 01:00 AM on July 11, 2021, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a hit and run crash that occurred on US 190 at the intersection of LA 445 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash resulted in a total of four injuries. One adult passenger received moderate injuries. The adult driver, as well as the child and infant passenger, received minor injuries.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as the victim’s vehicle was traveling eastbound on US 190. At the same time, an unidentified vehicle (later determined to be the vehicle driven by Erica Needham) was traveling westbound on US 190. The unidentified vehicle then attempted to make a left turn onto LA 445 and struck the left side of the victim’s vehicle. After striking the victim’s vehicle, the suspect (later determined to be Erica Needham) briefly stopped before fleeing the scene.
Based off of witness statements, Troopers had stated they believed the unidentified vehicle may be a red, newer model Jeep Wrangler with after-market rims that extend out of the wheel well, that the suspect vehicle may have damage to the front end, and that the suspect described as a white female possibly in her 30s or 40s with brown or blonde hair.
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