OPELOUSAS – One mother finds out her son has died, then her and a friend are killed in a hit and run the same night.
On Saturday night, Kizzy Greene, 42, was with her friend Angela Broussard at Randall Richard’s house Saturday evening when she received a phone call from an unknown person telling her her son Chance Greene, 18 was found dead in a ditch.
Randall Richard, a friend to Greene and Broussard’s fiancé, says Greene was distraught.
“Her oldest son was killed or murdered,” Richard said. “That’s a mother’s child you can imagine what she was going through.”
In grief, Greene ran out the front door, down the short driveway and into the street which is the northbound lane of La. 749.
Her friend Broussard and another relative followed.
Richard says he went to comfort the other children in the house and then minutes later he learned about the tragedy that happened steps away from his front door.
“Her son came in the house and he says my mother got hit,” said Richard. “So I ran outside and I came to this.”
He saw glass shattered on the ground, blood all across the road and his fiancé and friend dead on the ground.
“The person had already left,” said Richard. All I saw was Kizzy there and my fiancé gone. Just gone. It’s devastating.” He added that she just made a mistake.
Broussard and Greene died from the impact and the third individual had minor injuries.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene.
After following up on tips and conducting a thorough investigation into the December 7th crash, Troopers were able to determine that Michael S. Thibodeaux of Washington, LA was the suspected driver involved in the deadly hit-and-run crash. He was taken into custody.
Louisiana State Trooper Thomas Gossen says it would have been better if the driver stopped to try to help.
“Had he stopped and render aid and not be impaired, then he probably wouldn’t be facing any charges at all,” said Trooper Gossen.” “But because he fled and didn’t render aid, he didn’t leave his information before doing so now the charges are substantially higher and due to the fact that there was a death in situation the penalties are extremely high.”
Gossen said they are still investigating, but believe the women may have been on the ground during the time they were hit and the lack of lights in the area could have been part of the cause.
For Greene’s son, Chance Greene, he was reported as a missing person until the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office found Chance at about 4 p.m. Saturday in a drainage ditch on Austin Road near Blossom Road in a rural area of St. Landry Parish.
Monday afternoon, Chance was identified and an autopsy indicates he died of a single gunshot wound. His death is still under investigation.
With two mothers and a son gone their family, friends and loved ones are left heartbroken.
“I’m traumatized I can’t sleep, I can’t eat,” said Richard. It’s hard so very hard.
Richard says that his fiancé was the most caring and loving person he knows. She was the love of his life. He says both moms will be remembered by how much they loved their children.
For the family, Richard says this is a loss that no words can describe.