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Drunk driver kills Nigerian 2 months after arrival in America

By Ebimo Amungo

Tributes from family and friends have been pouring in for a Nigerian, Patrick Ohanta, 45, who was hit and killed by a car driven by a drunk driver while standing by the side of a kerb in Pineville, Louisiana.

According to friends who knew him, Patrick Ohanta had arrive America only two months ago. He was an alumnus of the University of Ibadan and a keen footballer.

A Pineville man has been arrested following the crash on the Curtis-Coleman Bridge that led to his death.

The Alexandria Police Department said David Slaughter, 29, was driving on the bridge Tuesday evening around 5:20 p.m. when he drove onto the shoulder and hit a pedestrian. The victim, identified as Patrick Ohanta, 45, of Alexandria, was pronounced dead at the scene. APD said Ohanta was attempting to cross the bridge on foot.

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Slaughter was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated (fourth offense), operating a vehicle while under suspension, reckless operation of a vehicle and vehicular homicide. APD said impairment is believed to be a factor in this incident.

The Alexandria Police Department is looking for any witnesses who may have information relative to this incident. Please contact the Alexandria Police Department Traffic Division at 318-441-6408.

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