A killer who mocked the black man he mowed down along a highway will not face charges for what he did. Sherrell Lewis Jr., 31, was clearing debris in the southbound lanes of U.S. 171 on May 29 when he was hit by a 2003 Ford pickup driven by Matthew Martin.
Martin, 18, quickly took to social media to mock the innocent man that he killed. He messaged a friend on Snapchat saying he’d just hit “some n—-r” on the highway and it “f—-d up” his truck.
“Y’all, I just hit a whole guy on the highway,” the 18-year-old wrote on Snapchat post, followed by several laughing emojis.
Lewis was rushed tot he hospital, but did not survive.
Vernon Parish Sheriff Craft said he was “appalled” by the messages, but they did not violate any criminal laws.
” … This post is unacceptable and has no place in our society,” Craft said in a statement. Adding, “The inflammatory words that were used were morally wrong. I have the utmost confidence in the Louisiana State Police and their ability to thoroughly investigate this incident.
The investigation said Martin was driving his vehicle at the posted speed of 55 mph but decreased his speed as he approached Lewis, who was clearing debris as a safety precaution, in the roadway.
Martin switched from the right to left lane as Lewis also walked from the right to left lane, towards the median, and he was fatally hit.