Stepbrother: Hit-run death very bad tragedy

The stepbrother of the man killed in a hit-and-run crash early on June 15 in St. Helena Parish said Friday, “It’s just a very, very bad tragedy for our family right now.”

Van Evans, a stepbrother of William Cody Iasigi for 12 years, said his relative was an outgoing person who loved the outdoors.

Evans said they would see one another about four or five times a year, often hunting together, mostly going after deer and rabbits.

“Cody was a real outgoing person,” said Van Evans, 36, of Marksville. “Anybody who ever met him would never forget him. He loved to hunt. He loved to fish.”

Iasigi, 21, of Liberty, Miss., was struck and killed on La. 43 just north of Greensburg in a crash State Police have said involved a pickup truck driven by Livingston Parish School Board President Malcolm Sibley.

Evans said he is not sure what Iasigi was doing when he was driving in St. Helena at the time of the accident, but that Iasigi was a boilermaker who performed plant shutdowns and turnarounds for a living. He also recalled that Iasigi’s birthday is coming up.

Evans said Iasigi’s family members were doing “as well as could be expected” in light of his death and added that he imagines the emotional toll will become greater on the family as time goes by, especially when hunting season comes around.

“It’s going to get worse as the years go by,” Evans said.

An obituary for Iasigi says he was born July 25, 1991, in McComb, Miss. He was a 2011 graduate of Amite School Center in Liberty, Miss.

Iasigi’s obituary describes him as an outdoors lover who hunted and fished. It says he spent his time playing football and baseball and riding motorbikes and four-wheelers. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Liberty.

Efforts to reach Iasigi’s parents were unsuccessful Friday.

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 on Monday seized Sibley’s damaged 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, 65, 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.

Sibley has no criminal history in Livingston Parish, but St. Helena Parish court records show three speeding tickets had been issued to him — in June 2002, November 2008 and October 2010. Records indicate he paid all of them.

Sibley’s relatives have declined comment about his arrest, referring all questions to attorney Sherman Mack.

Mack said Thursday that his client was driving around for work related to his timber company at the time of the crash.

Mack has declined comment when asked why Sibley drove away from the scene. He has said Sibley will wait for State Police to finish its investigation before making any public comments.

Mack said Sibley told him he had no passengers in his pickup truck at the time of the incident. Mack also has said the preliminary investigation shows that Sibley was sober at the time of the crash.

State Police have said the full report into the incident will take four to six weeks to complete. They have declined further comment on the case, citing the pending investigation.

Mack said he has not spoken with Sibley about whether he will stay on the School Board.

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.