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Cut Off Woman killed in Houma hit-and-run

Cut Off Woman killed in Houma hit-and-run

A 46-year-old woman was killed in the early hours of Mardi Gras in a hit-and-run accident in Houma, Chief of Police Dana Coleman told the Houma Courier.

Rona Delatte, of Cut Off, was struck by a dark-colored Honda Accord shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday on the 200 block of Howard Avenue. Police said the driver left the scene after the accident and the car was headed south toward Tunnel Boulevard.

An autopsy report revealed that Delatte died upon impact. Witnesses said she was crossing the street after leaving the Music Cove to retrieve her car.

Officers later found the abandoned Honda Accord in a neighborhood near Sonny and Boudreaux Streets, Coleman told the Courier. Shortly thereafter, the 50-year-old driver, Telisa Clarke, of Goode Street, turned herself into the police.

Clark is charged with hit-and-run involving serious bodily injury and fatality.

Alcohol or drug use is not suspected for Delatte or Clark at this time, but Coleman said the investigation is continuing.