Two arrested after man killed in hit-and-run accident

Updated at

3:45 p.m. Monday

Baton Rouge police arrested two men Monday afternoon in the fatal hit-and-run of a 45-year-old man Sunday night, a police spokesman said.

Carl McKnight, 21, and Eric Abrams, 29, both of 1680 O’Neal Lane, No. 407, Baton Rouge, were arrested in the death of Troy Jacobson, Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said.

Jacobson, who police think may have been homeless, was struck by a blue-colored vehicle, possibly a Honda Civic, at 10:14 p.m. while crossing the eastbound Interstate 10/College Drive exit ramp, Coppola said.

The car drove off after the accident.

Abrams, who owns a blue Civic, brought the car to a body shop on Siegen Lane on Monday morning for repairs, Coppola said. Abrams also tried to make an insurance claim for the damage to the car.

Employees of the body shop called police after they recognized the vehicle based on the description police gave of the damage the car may have sustained from the crash, Coppola said.

Police picked up the pair while they were at the body shop waiting for workers to finish the repairs, Coppola said.

McKnight, who police said was the driver, will be booked into Parish Prison on counts of felony hit-and-run, reckless operation, driver’s license required, insurance fraud and obstruction of justice, Coppola said.

Abrams will be booked on counts of accessory after the fact of felony hit-and-run, obstruction of justice and insurance fraud, Coppola said.