UPDATE: The WBRSO fired Alberto Casco on Tuesday, April 9.
A West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy driving a Transitional Work Program van struck and killed a pedestrian on LA 1 near Emily Drive Friday, April 5 at approximately 1:30 a.m., according to the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.
Alberto Casco, the 20-year-old correctional officer driving the van had an active arrest warrant and suspended license at the time he struck and killed 37-year-old Clinell Robertson of Plaquemine, the WBRZ Investigative Unit discovered.
Casco’s license was suspended because of an unpaid traffic ticket issued by LSU Police Department, WBRSO spokesman Zach Simmers said.
When WBRSO hired Casco on Feb. 1, 2019, the suspension and arrest warrant did not appear in the background check run with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Typically bench warrants for failure to appear in court are not recorded in NCIC, Simmers said.
“I can tell you now, he had a suspended license, there’s no way getting around that. Whether he knew about it or not we don’t know that,” WBRSO Spokesman Zach Simmers said.
WBRSO turned the investigation over to Louisiana State Police, per protocol. The Sheriff’s Office is also conducting an internal investigation to determine whether any policies were broken.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed the crash occurred as 20-year-old Alberto Casco of Brusly, an on-duty West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy, was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 1 in a Sheriff’s Office 2016 Dodge Caravan.
Casco was going to pick up Work Release inmates at Nottoway Plantation when he struck Robertson, Simmers said.
Robertson sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the West Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office placed Casco on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of LSP investigation and internal investigation. He was fired Tuesday, April 9.