Hit and Run Crash Claims the Life of Baton Rouge Man

Published: 01-25-2024 | Category: Troop A

Zachary – On January 24, 2024, just before 9:30 pm, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop A responded to a two-vehicle crash on LA 64 near Tucker Road. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 65-year-old Jeffery Variste of Baton Rouge.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Variste was driving a 2017 Chevrolet pickup truck east on LA 64 while a 2012 Dodge pickup truck was traveling west on LA 64. For unknown reasons, the Dodge crossed the center of the roadway and impacted the Chevrolet head-on.

After the crash occurred, the driver of the Dodge fled the scene on foot and was not located. Variste suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.  A passenger in the Chevrolet suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

This crash remains under investigation, and Troopers ask that anyone with information regarding this crash contact Louisiana State Police Troop A at 225-754-8500.


Contact Information:

TFC Kate Stegall       

Louisiana State Police – Troop B

Public Affairs Section

Office: (504) 471-2780