Two months after arriving in the U.S, a Nigerian man was killed by a drunk driver
According to Facebook posts by friends of the deceased, Patrick Ohanta popularly called “Pato” had arrived in America only 6 weeks ago. He was an alumnus of the University of Ibadan and a keen footballer.
He had his promising life cut short in an auto accident last month while walking home from a job interview in the evening. Louisiana State Police Troop E and the Alexandria Police Department responded that impairment was one of the causes of the accident that killed Patrick.
Police say Patrick was attempting to cross the Curtis-Coleman Bridge when he was struck by a vehicle driven by David Slaughter, a 29-year-old man from Pineville. A preliminary investigation conducted by the APD shows the man drove onto the shoulder hitting Ohanta who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver was taken into custody at the scene. He was booked into RPSO Jail and charged with driving while intoxicated – 4th offense, operating a vehicle while under suspension, reckless operation of a vehicle, and vehicular homicide.