UPDATE, 11/8/23, 2 p.m.: Abbeville Police have confirmed the identities of the victim and suspect in the hit-and-run incident.

Kameron Bergeron, 24, of Leroy has been identified as the person hit. The name of the driver is Khamthout Xayalath, 59, of New Iberia.

Abbeville Police Chief Mike Hardy confirmed that Xayalath is not being charged in the incident.

“She contacted the Abbeville Police Department when she realized she was in the area around that time and stated that she thought it was a pile of clothes on the road,” Hardy said. “She did not know that she had hit a person. After speaking with the 15th JDC (Judicial District Court) no charges shall be filed.”

Andi Louviere Bergeron, step mother of Kameron Bergeron, spoke about Kameron’s recovery and the families frustrations.

“It’s been exhausting, to say the least. Kameron is making progress but still has a long road ahead of him,” Bergeron explained. “We feel she should at least be charged with something. Leaving the scene, not rendering aid, but not being charged at all is frustrating.  We have so many unanswered questions. Why did you run over the “pile of clothes” and not move into the other lane? How did the person behind you notice it was a person, but you didn’t?”

ORIGINAL STORY: ABBEVILLE, La. (KLFY) — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the victim of a hit-and-run in Abbeville Tuesday morning.

Abbeville Police said they received reports at appriximately 7 a.m. Tuesday of pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle in the roadway on La. 14 by Tractor Supply and Discount Tire.

Acadian Ambulance arrived on the scene and subsequently transported the unidentified male subject to a local hospital who was then transported by air med to a trauma center. Abbeville Police Chief Mike Hardy said the victim has been unconscious since the crash, and was found with no identification on him.

The victim is a white male in his mid 20’s approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing between 150-175 lbs. A list of his tattoos is as follows: 

  • Black sheep – right forearm
  • Outline of Louisiana – right hand
  • 2K16 – right-hand knuckles
  • Pitbull image – right forearm
  • Fear God – right forearm
  • 100 with underling – right forearm
  • B – on the right pectoral
  • 337 – left hand
  • Paisley – left forearm

Due to HIPPA laws, police were unable to provide a photo of the victim, authorities said.

Police have released a photo of the vehicle they say was involved in the hit-and-run incident:

Authorities said a possible related incident occurred just minutes before in which a white SUV hit a Chevrolet Silverado near the intersection of Jacquelyn and South Airport and fled the scene.  

Police said the vehicle that struck the male subject fled eastbound on La. 14 towards Iberia Parish. The vehicle was described as a small white SUV with frontal damage as well as windshield damage.

Hardy urges the public to provide any further information regarding this crime or any other crime by calling the Abbeville Police Department at (337) 893-2511. You may also contact the “Tips” line at (337) 892-6777. All callers may remain anonymous. Citizens may also send anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers of Vermilion by calling (337) 740-TIPS or the P3 app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or at Google Play Store.

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