Published: 02-10-2024 | Category: Troop F
Pedestrian Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash
Madison Parish – On Friday, February 09, 2024, shortly after 10:00 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash involving a pedestrian on US-80 near Bailey Street. The crash claimed the life of 74-year-old Johnnie Brunson of Tallulah.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2015 Chrysler 200 was traveling west on US-80. At the same time, Brunson, who was wearing dark clothing, was walking in the westbound lane of US 80 near the centerline. For reasons still under investigation, Brunson was struck by the Chrysler.
Brunson suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. The driver of the Chrysler was properly restrained and uninjured.
Although impairment is not suspected, 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 2024, Troop F has investigated three fatal crashes, resulting in three deaths.
TFC Ryan Davis
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (318) 345-2810