A woman suspected of a hit-and-run that left a Boise man dead has been on the run since May, Boise Police Department reported in a press release Friday.
Police believe La Porsha Merritt, of California, ran over Pascal Baredeste, 28, who she had been in an altercation with in the parking lot of a hotel on the 2600 block of South Vista Avenue.
Baredeste and Merritt had been arguing around 4 a.m. on May 15 in that parking lot. Merritt and two other unidentified people ran out of the hotel with Baredeste chasing them. Merritt and the two people got into a vehicle and Baredeste began banging on the windows. Then Merritt ran over Baredeste and he died later that day. Merritt and the two passengers were reportedly unaware of Baredeste’s health status and had just fled the state, according to BPD.
Investigators spoke to the two passengers and Merritt by phone and even went to California to find the suspect. She has a $500,000 warrant out for her arrest on the charge of voluntary manslaughter, according to BPD.
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Police don’t believe Merritt is in Idaho. The case is still under investigation, according to BPD.
“Our officers have been working closely with the victim’s family and have gone great lengths to build a strong a case,” said Sgt. Justin Kendall in a statement. “We remain committed to finding the suspect and seeing that justice is served.”
It does not appear the Boise Police Department released any information about the May death until the Friday release.