BROUSSARD, LA (KADN) — On Sunday March 09, 2014 at approximately 3:25 a.m., Broussard Police personnel witnessed a hit and run that occurred at the intersection of US Hwy 90 and La Hwy 92 (Young St).
By the time the officer was able to get to the scene, both vehicles had left. Shortly after, an officer located one of the vehicles in the median of US Hwy 90 at Le Triomphe, where it crashed a second time in the construction zone.
Officers observed a 2011 Silver Toyota Camry beyond the cones in the construction area of the roadway with severe damage to the front end and smoking.
Officers then approached the vehicle and observed the driver appeared lifeless and was definitely trapped in the vehicle.
They located a passenger in the back seat and attempted to get him out of the vehicle as it began to catch fire.
The Officers were unable to pull him out due to his legs being pinned under the drivers seat.
Officers attempted to extinguish the fire with extinguishers before the fire department arrived but they were unable to, even after using five fire extinguishers.
The Broussard Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the fire, but the entire car was burned.
The car had traveled a short distance where it entered into the median directly in front of Le Triomphe, which is under construction. This portion of the median was cut out and dug below the original roadway height. The car went into the drop off and struck the concrete embankment on the opposite end and came to a rest a distance thereafter where the officers located it.
Alcohol is believed to be involved and both the occupants appeared to be wearing seat belts. Toxicology results are pending.
Officers later identified the driver of the Camry as Sandeep Patel, 38, of Abbeville. The passenger was Satyen Patel, 32, of India (here on passport temporarily). The two occupants were brothers.
The driver of the other vehicle involved in the hit and run crash was also identified as Max Romero, 26, of New Iberia.
He stated that he was stopped at the red light on US 90 at Young St (LA 92) when the Toyota ran into the back of him.
The light turned green and he pulled over to the median and the other vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed.
Romero attempted to follow the vehicle and tried to locate it, but he did not see it anywhere, and he had very minor damage to his truck so he didn’t contact police.
Investigators do not have any evidence or information to connect Romero to the second crash where the Toyota went off the roadway and crashed in the construction zone.
Romero was cited for failure to report a crash and was released.