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(Updated) Suspect arrested in hit-and-run involving pedestrian

An 81-year-old woman has been charged with hit-and-run in Berwick, accused of hitting a 71-year-old female pedestrian with her vehicle Saturday night.

The victim sustained moderate injuries and was still in the hospital as of Monday morning, Berwick police said.

Joanne McDermott, 81, of Meme Lane in Bayou Vista, was arrested at 5:28 p.m. Sunday on a warrant charging her with felony hit-and-run in connection with the crash. McDermott was released on $1,500 bail.

A St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy located the suspect vehicle Sunday at a home in Bayou Vista.

At 7:05 p.m. Saturday, officers of the Berwick Police Department were dispatched to La. 182 at Tournament Boulevard in reference to a woman being struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, witnesses stated that a pedestrian was crossing the roadway when she was struck by a light colored Lincoln SUV, which was traveling west on La. 182, a release said.

The suspect vehicle left the scene headed toward Bayou Vista and did not stop to render aid, authorities said. The vehicle may have sustained damages to the front bumper area near the passenger side. The victim was later transported to New Orleans via air med, the release said.

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