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Hit and Run Claims the Life of Lake Charles Man

Officers with the Lake Charles Police Department were notified of an auto-pedestrian crash at the intersection of East Broad Street and J. Bennet Johnston Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located the pedestrian, 43 year old, William Wingate III of Lake Charles, deceased near the roadway. During the investigation officers determined that Wingate had been struck by an unknown vehicle which fled the scene without stopping. The Lake Charles Police Department is asking the public for assistance from anyone who may have information relating to the crash. Cpl Brad Puckett was the responding officer and Cpl Rodney Grantham with the Lake Charles Police Department Traffic Division is the lead investigator.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Cpl Grantham at 337-491-1456 ext. 5429 or email him at