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Man accused of hit-and-run crash involving motorcycle in Abbeville

Posted: 11:37 AM, Jun 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-26 12:37:28-04

ABBEVILLE, La. – An Abbeville man is behind bars accused of a hit-and-run crash.

On June 25, 2019, at 9:17 p.m., officers of the Abbeville Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of LA Hwy. 14 and Alphonse Street in reference to a crash involving a truck and a motorcycle. The caller stated that after the crash, the truck fled the scene.

The motorcycle was traveling west on LA Hwy. 14 (Veterans Memorial Drive) in the right (outside) lane when a truck exited the Sonic parking lot crossed all lanes of travel, struck the motorcycle, and fled the scene, according to Lt. Jonathan Touchet, spokesperson for the Abbeville Police Department.

Both the driver and the passenger of the motorcycle suffered serious injuries and transported to a hospital.

Based on witness statements and video footage, officers were able to identify the suspect as Herman Wimbly, the spokesperson stated. He was located at his residence, allegedly attempting to repair damages to his truck. Wimbly was arrested and transported to the Abbeville Police Department, where he was booked on a charge of felony hit and run and issued a citation for failure to yield from a private drive (with a crash). Wimbly was then transported to the Vermilion Parish Jail.

According to police, alcohol impairment is suspected for the driver of the motorcycle. A blood sample was taken and was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Charges are pending.