Published: 11-15-2021 | Category: Troop F
West Monroe – Last night, shortly after 8:10 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on LA Hwy 557 just south of LA Hwy 34. This crash claimed the life of a man that was walking in the roadway.
The initial investigation revealed a 2009 GMC Sierra, driven by 36-year-old Stephen Snyder of West Monroe, was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 557. For reasons still under investigation, a pedestrian, 41-year-old David Touchet of West Monroe, was walking north in the southbound lane of travel. Snyder was unable to take evasive action and struck Touchet.
Touchet was pronounced dead at the scene. Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis. Snyder was not injured during the crash.
Pedestrians and motorists alike are urged to remain vigilant while on area roadways and pay close attention to their surroundings. Crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following some basic safety guidelines. Pedestrians should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and should always avoid walking on the roadway in dark areas. Pedestrians must also assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night.
The crash remains under investigation.
In 2021, Troop F has investigated 54 fatal crashes resulting in 65 deaths.
M/T Michael Reichardt
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (318) 345-2810