Pedestrian Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash

Published: 12-06-2023 | Category: Troop F

Pedestrian Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash


Ouachita Parish – On Tuesday, December 5, 2023, shortly after 7:00 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash involving a pedestrian on LA-617 (Thomas Road) near Railroad Avenue.  The crash claimed the life of 56-year-old Gerardo Sanchez-Reyna of West Monroe.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling south on LA-617.  At the same time, Sanchez-Reyna was crossing LA-617 from east to west and was wearing dark clothing.  For reasons still under investigation, Sanchez-Reyna was struck by the Jeep.

Sanchez-Reyna sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.  Shortly after, Troop F was notified that he succumbed to his injuries.  The driver of the Jeep was properly restrained and sustained minor injuries. 

Due to evidence gathered through investigative means, impairment is suspected of Sanchez-Reyna. Routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

Pedestrian safety is of paramount importance when walking near and crossing roadways. To reduce the risk of crashes, pedestrians should always walk against the flow of traffic, allowing them to see oncoming vehicles and react appropriately. Additionally, when walking at night, wear brightly colored clothing or reflective gear to enhance visibility for drivers. These simple yet vital precautions can significantly contribute to ensuring the safety of pedestrians and reducing the likelihood of crashes on the road.

In 2023, Troop F has investigated 39 fatal crashes, resulting in 47 deaths.

Contact Information:

TFC Ryan Davis

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs Section

Office: (318) 345-2810