Franklinton man arrested for fatal hit-and-run in St. Tammany

Published 8:20 am Thursday, March 25, 2021

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Tristen Blake Sullivan, 29, of Franklinton, was recently arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash that occurred late at night on Saturday, March 20, in Madisonville.

Sullivan was taken into custody Wednesday and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the charges of hit and run driving-death or serious bodily injury, negligent homicide, negligent injuring (three counts), improper lane use, and driving under suspension.

According to a press release from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, the STPSO began investigating the fatal hit-and-run crash at the request of the Madisonville Police Department. The crash occurred near the intersection of Louisiana Highway 22 and Garden Drive. A Ford F-250 crossed the centerline of Highway 22 and struck a Chevrolet Tahoe head-on. The driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe was transported to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and died. Four other passengers of the vehicle were also transported to an area hospital, with one listed in critical condition.

The driver of the Ford F-250 reportedly then fled on foot. K-9 deputies were called to the scene in an attempt to locate that driver, but those attempts were unsuccessful.

“I would like to offer my prayers and condolences to the family who lost a loved one and had several others injured in this deadly crash,” St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I applaud the laser-focused work of our traffic division, who worked tirelessly to build a case and ultimately make an arrest.”