Appealed from the Twenty-Second District Court In and for the
Parish of St. Tammany • State of Louisiana Docket Number
573067 • Division "G" The Honorable Scott
Gardner, Judge Presiding
L. Beebe Louisiana Appellate Project New Orleans, Louisiana
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT DEFENDANT- Jason Robinson.
L. Montgomery District Attorney ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE The
State of Louisiana.
Wilson Assistant District Attorney Covington, Louisiana.
Before: McClendon, Welch, and Holdridge, JJ.
State of Louisiana charged the defendant, Jason L. Robinson,
by felony bill of information with one count of hit and run
driving, when death or serious bodily injury is a direct
result of the accident, a violation of La. R.S. 14:100(C)(2).
He pled not guilty. Following a trial by jury, the jury found
the defendant guilty of attempted hit and run driving, when
death or serious bodily injury is a direct result of the
accident, a violation of La. R.S. 14:27 and 14:100(C)(2). The
trial court sentenced the defendant to five years at hard
labor, but suspended the sentence and placed him on
supervised probation for a period of three years, subject to
certain special conditions. The defendant now appeals,
challenging the sufficiency of the evidence. For the
following reasons, we affirm the conviction and sentence.
28, 2015, at approximately 5:45 a.m., the victim, Mario
Granado, left his house in Mandeville to commute over the
Causeway for his job. Because the weather was
"beautiful," he chose to drive his motorcycle.
Granado testified that he was struck from behind twice while
he was on the Causeway in St. Tammany Parish. He testified
that the motorcycle went out from under him, and he flipped
over the back of the bike and landed on the Causeway, where
his body began rolling, flipping, sliding, and skidding
across the pavement. Granado stated he attempted to roll and
flip his body into a position on the Causeway to avoid being
run over by the other cars and an eighteen-wheeled
tractor-trailer nearby him.
driver, Michael Earls, saw the accident occur and noticed
that a red Camaro had struck Granado and accelerated after
the accident. Earls pursued the red Camaro and turned on his
lights to signal the red Camaro to stop. The red Camaro then
pulled over in front of Earls, stopped, and turned its hazard
lights on. Earls called 911 to report the incident and that
he had stopped the red Camaro on the side of the roadway.
Tyrone Banks with the Causeway Police Department was stopped
at mile marker 12.4 awaiting a red Camaro to reach that
crossover, as witnesses had reported a red Camaro travelling
at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic.
After receiving a dispatch that someone had stopped the red
Camaro, Corporal Banks drove to the scene and discovered the
defendant and Earls stopped at mile marker 12.8.
rear end of Granado's motorcycle was damaged, with the
exhaust pipe pushed out and the license plate "pushed
in." Because the frame was bent and twisted, the
motorcycle was totaled, and the damage indicated the bike had
flipped end to end multiple times. Tire marks from the
defendant's Camaro's left tire were found on the
tailpipe of the motorcycle. The defendant's Camaro
sustained "significant damage," primarily to its
left front end.
Granado sustained a number of injuries from the crash,
including a broken left foot; a broken right ankle; a broken
wrist; an injured shoulder blade; injuries to his lower back,
including a herniated disc; and "road rash," a
condition similar to second or third-degree burns, down his
back. He underwent surgery ...