BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Over the past few weeks, a series of pedestrians have been struck while trying to cross the street. Now another family is left grieving. 38-year-old, Quiana Brown, was struck by an unknown gray sedan, shortly after the vehicle fled the scene and Brown was hit again by a BRPD officer responding to the crash. Brown’s family is now looking for justice.
In a statement, Baton Rouge police say on Saturday night around 11:30, they responded to a fatal crash on North Foster Dr. that claimed Brown’s life.
“Had the Baton Rouge PD not hit her she would still be here, and that’s based on my personal opinion and my medical background,” said Latonya Darensbourg, Brown’s niece.
Baton Rouge police are searching for the suspect, but they haven’t released a statement yet about the officer who was driving the unit that hit Brown.
“The Baton Rouge crime victim department reached out to me in regard to arraignments, so I will say that, but as far as a statement or extending condolences from you would think the head of Baton Rouge PD, that has not happened.” said Darensbourg.
The family has now turned to the Clark Law Firm in New Orleans. Their attorney is saying this is a process, but the main goal is to get justice for Brown.
“We do want to address the recklessness, we do want to address the negligence, because we don’t want to have tragedies just happening at the hands of families, because Ms. Quiana Brown left behind a family and son, he’s not even one” said Attorney Yasha Clark.
The coroner’s office hasn’t provided an update yet to confirm at what point Brown died after being hit, but Attorney Yasha Clark says they plan on taking this a step further.
“We are in preparation to file a wrongful death suit. We do want BRPD to say her name Quiana Brown, apologize,” said Clark.
Anyone with information is being asked to reach out to BRPD Traffic Detectives at 225- 389-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.