Geismar – On April 29, 2023, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single-vehicle injury crash involving a pedestrian on LA 74 near Sugar Plum Road in Ascension Parish.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2013 Honda Accord was traveling west on LA 74. For reasons still under investigation, 42-year-old Darryl West of Geismar walked across the westbound lane of travel and was struck by the Accord. West was wearing dark colored clothing at the time of crash.
At the time of the crash, West was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the Accord was properly restrained and uninjured. Impairment on the part of the driver is not suspected. On May 8, 2023, West succumbed to his injuries he sustained in the crash. This crash remains under investigation.
Troopers urge pedestrians to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near the road. Simple precautions such as wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, and walking a safe distance from travel lanes while facing oncoming traffic and/or crossing the road at a designated crosswalk could help prevent many pedestrian related crashes. Crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following these basic safety guidelines.
TPR Christian Reed
Louisiana State Police – Troop A
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