Bayou Vista, LA– On August 11, 2015, shortly after at 8:00 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a Hit and Run Fatality on US 90 in Bayou Vista. The crash resulted in the death of 22 year old Jerome Rudolph Jr. of Patterson.
The preliminary investigation revealed 31 year old Mark Joseph Montie Jr. of Pineville, was operating a 1996 GMC pickup in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. Montie attempted to cross the westbound lanes of US 90 to enter the US 90 median turning lane. Rudolph was operating a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle westbound on US 90, approaching the Wal-Mart parking lot.
As Rudolph approached the GMC pickup, Montie pulled into the path of the motorcycle. Rudolph applied the rear brakes, causing the motorcycle to lie down on its side and strike the rear left quarter panel of the pickup. Rudolph sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. The St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced Rudolph dead on scene.
The driver of the pickup, Mark Joseph Montie Jr., moved the vehicle to a controlled rest, and then fled the scene on foot.
Criminal charges are pending on Montie. Seatbelt usage and alcohol or drug usage for Montie are unknown.
Rudolph was wearing an approved DOT helmet. Routine toxicology samples were taken from Rudolph and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
If you know Mark Joseph Montie Jr, or his whereabouts, you are urged to contact Louisiana State Police Troop I at (337) 262-5880.