Published: 10-09-2023 | Category: Troop I
Acadia Parish – At 9:30 p.m., on October 8, 2023, Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a crash involving a pedestrian on Louisiana Highway 95 near Louisiana Highway 754, south of Church Point in Acadia Parish. The crash claimed the life of 38-year-old Tyler O. Roberts of Rayne.
The preliminary investigation by State Police revealed Roberts was walking in the northbound lane of LA 95 when he was struck by a northbound 2017 Ford Escape.
Roberts was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time after arrival. The driver of the Ford was restrained and not injured.
Impairment on the part of Roberts is unknown, but a standard toxicology sample was taken for analysis. The driver of the Ford submitted a breath sample, indicating no alcohol present and was not impaired at the time of the crash. This crash remains under investigation.
A majority of pedestrian fatalities, nearly 70 percent, occur at night. Troopers urge pedestrians to maintain heightened awareness while walking near the road. Simple precautions such as wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, not walking too close to roadways, and walking against the flow of traffic could prevent most pedestrian-related crashes.
Troop I has investigated 38 fatal crashes resulting in 43 deaths in 2023.