Army recruiter killed in hit-and-run, suspect(s) still at large

SSG Donisha Stroman

A U.S. Army recruiter was the victim of a hit-and-run that took her life in Louisiana on Oct. 28.

At approximately 11:23 pm officers of the Lake Charles Police Department were dispatched to investigate the report of an auto-pedestrian, hit and run, according to a released statement.

“Upon their arrival, the officer’s investigation revealed that two women had stopped their vehicle on the shoulder of McNeese Street near the intersection of South Park Road. They exited the vehicle and began to pick up items that had fallen from another friend’s vehicle,” said the statement.

25-year-old Staff Sgt. Donisha Stroman was looking for a jewelry box when she was struck by a vehicle. Police said the unidentified driver failed to stop and fled the scene of the crash.

Stroman’s friend described the vehicle as a light colored truck possibly white, gray or silver.  The vehicle should have damage to the the front bumper area, according to police.

Staff Sgt. Stroman was transported to a local area hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries as a result of the crash.

The Oklahoma native, a patient administration specialist who enlisted in 2010 and deployed to Iraq in 2011, was on recruiting duty in Baton Rouge, Brian Sutton, the Recruiting Command spokesman, told Army Times on Monday.

“To have something like this happen with such an amazing person is absolutely heartbreaking,” Sutton said. “We want to make sure we find out who did it and make sure her family is taken care of.”

This investigation is on-going and anyone with information is asked to please contact Lakes Charles Police investigating officer, Sgt. Billy Creel at 337-377-1306.

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