WALKER (AP) — An attorney for Livingston Parish School Board President Malcolm Sibley says his client is remorseful over his involvement in an accident that claimed the life of a 21-year-old Mississippi man.
The Advocate reported the comments by attorney Sherman Mack came Monday as state police had Sibley's damaged pickup towed from his home in Walker.
Visible damage on the truck included a dented headlight and missing side mirror, both on the driver's side.
"There's no doubt that it was an accident," Mack said.
Mack said Sibley is fully cooperating with state police but declined to say why Sibley drove away from the scene after the fatal crash or what he was doing driving in the area around 5 a.m.
Mack did say the preliminary investigation shows that Sibley "was not intoxicated whatsoever" at the time of the crash.
Mack said Sibley is "very sorry for the family of the victim."
He added, "Of course he's upset. It was an accident. It was upsetting. He's going to get through it. He's with his family."
Sibley, 65, was booked into the St. Helena Parish Jail with one count of felony hit-and-run Sunday, more than a day after William Iasigi, 21, of Liberty, Miss., was killed in the crash on La. 43 just north of Greensburg.
Sibley bonded out of jail on a $500 cash bond, said Joe Chaney, chief of detectives at the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office.
Iasigi was driving a 2008 Chevrolet pickup southbound sometime before 5 a.m. when he stopped in his lane and exited his vehicle.
State police said a northbound pickup, allegedly driven by Sibley, then struck Iasigi and the open door of Iasigi's truck.
Iasigi was taken to a local hospital by his passenger, Jarrett Wilson, 23, of Osyka, Miss., and a pedestrian, Thomas Bailey who was in the area.
State police said Iasigi was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:05 a.m.