Two youth killed crossing dark highway 165, driver arrested

  The families of two young women are mourning their untimely death in wake of an accident on Highway 165.

  The Louisiana State Police Troop F are investigating a highway accident on highway 165 that left Briana Neal, 17, and Shedricka Hollis, 18.

  The two young women, both friends, walked along the highway to a store on the other side of the highway. The place of crossing was dark and when the two attempted to dash across the highway they hit by an oncoming car.

  The Louisana State Police Troop F are investigating the accident as a suspected hit and run.

  According to authorities, the initial investigation revealed a 2005 Chrysler 300 driven by 22-year-old Corey Buie of Monroe was traveling southbound on HWY 165 when he allegedly struck the two women.

  Investigators say Buie left the scene after hitting the two pedestrians and was later arrested and booked into OCC.

  Buie told friends that he left the scene in fear on foot. He left his car at the scene.. He reportedly called the police and returned.

  Hollis was a recent graduate of Wossman High School.

  Neal was a high school student and mother.

  State Representative Pat Moore, said she has been working to get lights

       Rep. Pat Moore

along Highway 165 for several years. She says the funding has been secured through the State Department of Transportation, but the lights won’t be installed until 2022.

  In the interim, she said she has received commitments from the state that emergency flashing lights will be erected at four locations along Highway 165 that have high pedestrian traffic.