• May 10, 2022

Michael Moredock Killed in Hit-and-Run on LA-19 in East Feliciana Parish

Slaughter, LA -- May 6, 2022, 46-year-old Michael Moredock was struck and killed in a hit-and-run on State Highway 19 in East Feliciana Parish.

Authorities say the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. along LA-19 (Zachary-Slaughter Highway) near the Parish line. Preliminary investigation suggests Moredock was riding a bicycle north on the highway in a dark area with no streetlights. As he rode on the right side of the northbound highway, he was hit from behind by a vehicle. Investigators later found footage from a gas station in the area showing the vehicle was a GMC Sierra pickup truck, light silver in color, with a ranch-style front bumper and black rims. At the time the pickup was towing a single-axle utility trailer.

Moredock was ejected from the bicycle in the collision and landed in the roadside grass. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Michael Moredock Hit-and-Run on LA-19 in Slaughter

It's always frustrating to see hit-and-run incidents in the news, yet it seems new ones pop up every day. Obviously tracking down the driver and finding out why they left the scene are paramount, so it's vital that police remain diligent and community members come forward with any information they can provide to help apprehend a suspect. So far no one specific has been identified, but it's encouraging that authorities seem to know the approximate make, model, and color of vehicle they're looking for, as well as some possible unique features that could help spot it. That's more than they often have to work with, but they'll still need more to effectively track down the runaway driver.

Michael Moredock Killed in Hit-and-Run on LA-19 in East Feliciana Parish

That's why it's important to share any details and developments with the community so they can keep an eye out for the vehicle and its operator. Keeping all the available information in the public eye often leads to someone connecting the dots and helping to identify the suspect. It may take some time, but if they stay on top of it there's often a positive resolution--either when the offender recognizes the accident they were in on the news or when someone else recognizes their vehicle from reports. For instance, in an East Texas county a sports car hit a child in a crosswalk and the driver fled, but he was arrested in Michigan a few weeks later when someone saw the vehicle's description on television and called police.

Once the suspect is in custody hopefully investigators will find out what compelled them to abandon the scene and the person they fatally injured. They might simply have panicked, but in many cases something else (illegal contraband, outstanding warrants, drunk driving) contributed to their poor decision. Only time and thorough investigation will tell, but as long as everyone does what they can I remain confident justice can be served for this tragic incident.


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