(Meredith) — A black man was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Leesville, Louisiana today. The teen driver who struck him later on published on Snapchat racial slurs about the guy he struck and seemed to have a casual mindset about the circumstance.
Sherell Lewis was struck and eliminated on his birthday — he was turning 31. He was on foot, helping another driver clear debris from the street when he was struck, inning accordance with the Washington Post. Matthew Martin, 18, was recognized as the motorist. Lewis was taken by ambulance to a regional healthcare facility where he was later pronounced dead.
Right after the occurrence, Snapchats from who seems Martin began flowing online, prompting outrage.
One Snapchat shows an image of the damaged truck with the caption, “y’ all I simply hit an entire guy on the highway.”
Another Snapchat user appears to have actually asked who Martin struck, to which he reacted with chuckling emojis:
Martin: Some n **** r
Buddy: How did the chevy take it?
Martin: F *** ed it up respectable lol
Friend: It’ll rub out. Did the man pass away on impact or exactly what
Martin: No he died otw to the medical facility
Martin also appeared to have posted more images of his damaged truck with frowning emojis. His relatively casual mindset for Lewis’ death compared to his issue for his truck has actually stimulated additional outrage online, aside from the racial slurs.
Regional police told the Washington Post they are “quite confident” the Snapchats were from the same Matthew Martin that struck Lewis, however it is not verified. However, Chief Deputy Calvin Turner of the Vernon Parish Constable’s Office informed the Washington Post that “all indications” point to Martin’s involvement in the social networks discussion.
Vernon Parish Constable Sam Craft stated his office has been contacted various times about the Snapchat posts. However, he included that although the posts are “ethically and socially unacceptable,” the language did not break any Louisiana laws or make up as a criminal activity.
Martin was not injured in the incident. He is also not being held or accuseded of any crimes.
The investigation into the event is still continuous and is being performed by Louisiana State Authorities.
Screen captures of the Snapchat discussion were initially published by KPLC. You can see the raw Snapchats that are distributing online here on Twitter. Note: The posts include offensive and specific language.
Leesville, Louisiana is in the western part of the state near the Texas border.