DESTREHAN, La. — The Louisiana State Police have arrested 22-year-old Reserve native Hunter Mason Johnson for the fatal hit-and-run of a Baton Rouge man over the Hale Boggs Bridge in St. Charles Parish on Jan. 14.
Johnson surrendered himself to Troopers on Friday morning and was placed under arrest and booked into the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.
Troop B reports Johnson was traveling south on Interstate 310 on Hale Boggs at 1 a.m. when his 2014 Ford F150 struck 44-year-old construction worker Brady Ortego during a construction zone with other workers on site.
The impact of the collision threw Ortega from the bridge into the Mississippi River.
Ortego’s remains have yet to be discovered despite search and rescue efforts by the Coast Guard as well as local and state officials. On the night of the crash, Johnson fled the scene on foot leaving his vehicle on the shoulder of the I-310.
An extensive and thorough investigation has led to substantial evidence identifying Hunter Mason Johnson as the driver of the 2014 Ford F-150 on the night of the crash.
Troopers obtained an arrest warrant for Johnson through the 29th Judicial District Court charging him with Vehicular Homicide / Driving under the Influence, Hit and Run Driving involving a Fatality, Reckless Operation and Obstruction of Justice.