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State police search for the driver responsible for a hit and run crash that killed a child

Family and friends laid Porter to rest Friday at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in St. Helena Parish.
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FILE - This Sept. 25, 2020, file photo, shows a Louisiana State Police vehicle in Louisiana. New court filings show Louisiana State Police troopers joked in a group text about beating a Black man after a high-speed chase last year, saying the beating would give the man “nightmares for a long time.” The May 2020 arrest of Antonio Harris bears strong resemblance to the State Police pursuit a year earlier that ended in the still-unexplained death of Ronald Greene. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

ST. HELENA PARISH, La. — A Greensburg family is mourning the loss of a 2-year-old girl after she was killed in a hit and run crash in May, according to Louisiana State Police.

In a release from LSP, on May 26 just before 10 p.m., Troopers were called to the scene of a crash with multiple injuries on LA Hwy 1045 near LA Hwy 43 in St. Helena Parish.

Initial investigations show that the driver of a 1997 Saturn SL1 and three children were outside of their car on the roadway, after being involved in a previous crash, when a vehicle described by witnesses as a light-colored van or SUV traveling eastbound on LA 1045, hit the four pedestrians and drove away. 

The impact killed 2-year-old Jhavia Porter and injured three others, according to Troop L.

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2-year-old Jhavia Porter

Family and friends laid Porter to rest Friday morning at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in St. Helena Parish.

As investigations continue, troopers said they are still working to process evidence left at the scene. The vehicle is suspected to have damage on the front end and is missing or has a damaged driver’s side mirror.

This crash remains under investigation.

 If anyone has information related to the crash or can help identify the vehicle involved, contact Louisiana State Police Troop L at (985) 893-6250.