Livingston Parish School Board President Malcolm Sibley’s attorney said Thursday that his client was driving around for work purposes at the time of a fatal hit-and-run crash early Saturday in St. Helena Parish.
Sibley owns a timber and logging company, which usually requires work to begin around 6 a.m., attorney Sherman Mack said.
“It is very common for Mr. Sibley to be on the road at that time in the morning,” Mack said.
Mack once again declined comment when asked why Sibley drove away from the scene, saying Sibley will wait for State Police to finish its investigation before making any public comments out of respect for the victim’s family.
Mack said Sibley told him he had no passengers in his pickup truck at the time of the alleged hit-and-run incident in which a man was killed on La. 43 just north of Greensburg.
Mack said he has not spoken to Sibley about whether he will stay on the School Board.
“Politics is the last thing on his mind,” Mack said.
Family members of the victim, William Cody Iasigi, once again on Thursday could not be reached for comment.
Sibley did not attend Thursday’s Livingston School Board meeting.
Sibley, 65, of, Walker, was booked into the St. Helena Parish Jail with one count of felony hit-and-run Sunday, more than a day after Iasigi was killed.
Sibley posted $500 cash bond to get out of jail and is set for an Aug. 2 court date.
Iasigi had stopped the 2008 Chevrolet pickup he was driving on La. 43 in St. Helena Parish after he and a passenger began arguing, State Police have said.
That’s when Iasigi was struck by a 2012 GMC 2500 pickup, allegedly belonging to Sibley. He later died at a hospital.
State Police have declined further comment on the case, citing the pending investigation.
State Police on Monday seized Sibley’s damaged 2012 GMC 2500 pickup from his Weiss Road home in Walker. Troopers have said evidence from the scene and tips from the community led to Sibley’s arrest.
Sibley’s relatives have declined comment, referring all questions to Mack, the attorney.
Mack has said the preliminary investigation shows that Sibley “was not intoxicated whatsoever” at the time of the crash.
State Police have said troopers’ full report on the incident would take about four to six weeks to process.
An obituary for Iasigi, the victim, says he was born July 25, 1991, in McComb, Miss. He was a 2011 graduate of Amite School Center in Liberty, Miss.
His obituary describes him as an outdoors lover who hunted and fished. He spent his time playing football and baseball and riding motorbikes and four-wheelers.
He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Liberty.
Visitation for Iasigi will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb, and continues Monday at Gillsburg Baptist Church from 4 p.m. until services at 5 p.m.
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