Police release name of trucker found dead after Louisiana hit-and-run

By Clarissa Hawes, Land Line staff writer | 10/1/2014

Investigators have released the name of the truck driver who was found dead in his truck several hours after he was involved in a minor hit-and-run crash on Tuesday, Sept. 30, on Interstate 10 in Metairie, La.

The body of Joseph Faulk, 73, was discovered by a co-worker who was traveling through the area approximately 10 hours after the hit-and-run, around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Louisiana State Police Troop B Spokeswoman Trooper Melissa Matey.

Matey told Land Line on Wednesday, Oct. 1, that investigators suspect that some sort of medical condition may have been to blame for the earlier crash Faulk was involved in during rush hour early Tuesday morning. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office is scheduled to perform an autopsy. Matey said the autopsy results should take three to six weeks to determine the exact cause of death.

“He (Faulk) left the scene, traveled a short distance, but was able to pull over his truck,” Matey told Land Line. “We suspect the autopsy will confirm that a medical condition was occurring during the time he sideswiped the vehicle.”

Matey said state police investigators were unaware that Faulk’s rig, which sustained minimal damage in the earlier incident, was parked two exits away from the crash site – near Exit 228 – until receiving the phone call from one of Faulk’s co-workers.

“We were never notified that there was a truck on the side of the road,” she said. “His trucking company wasn’t able to reach him and he had not reached his destination yet, so his company asked a co-worker to keep an eye out for his truck.”

As of press time on Wednesday, the police spokesperson did not have the name of Faulk’s company or his hometown to provide to the press.

She added that a trooper from the Louisiana State Police who had stopped to check on the vehicle that was sideswiped was also hit in a separate crash during rush hour Tuesday morning.

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