A Louisiana State University student who was struck and killed in a traffic accident Tuesday night was a native of St. Charles Parish.
According to Baton Rouge police, Sarah James, 19, of Montz, was struck by at 2001 GMC Yukon while she was trying to cross the road in the 440 block of Nicholson Drive.
She was taken to an area hospital where she later died of her injuries, according to police.
St. Charles Parish Government issued the following statement on James passing:
“Our hearts are broken in St. Charles Parish with the news of the passing of Sarah James. Sarah was a native of Montz, a graduate of Destrehan High School and a sophomore at LSU studying biological engineering. She was an accomplished young woman, having been chosen as Student of the Year for St. Charles Parish in her senior year. Additionally, she was the president of the school’s National Honor Society, a member of the student council, and a member of the tennis team and was named captain in her senior year. She went on to graduate as salutatorian of her class.”
“Last year, in an interview with the St. Charles Herald Guide leading up to her graduation, Sarah explained why she had chosen to pursue a career in medicine. “My goal is to improve people’s lives, hopefully in a really impactful way,” James said.
“All of us in St. Charles Parish are lifting the James family up in prayer,” said St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran. “We should all honor Sarah by doing exactly what she set out to do; to make a positive difference in others’ lives.”
Destrehan high School issued the following statement on James’ death:
“Sarah was a former student of the year at Destrehan High School and embodied the characteristics of a well-rounded, model student. She excelled in academics, athletics and the arts and was revered by students and faculty alike. She represented the school system as its district high school student of the year and received numerous awards during her time at Destrehan High School. She will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”