Published: 06-12-2023 | Category: Troop D
Jefferson Davis Parish – On June 11, 2023, shortly after 9:15 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a serious injury crash involving a pedestrian on the I-10 South Frontage Road just west of LA Hwy 101 in Jefferson Davis Parish. The crash claimed the life of 44-year-old Joshua Chantel Lewis Jr. of Iowa.
The initial investigation revealed the driver of a 2016 Nissan Titan was traveling west on the I-10 S. Frontage Road. The Nissan struck Lewis after he walked out of the north ditch and into the lane of travel.
Lewis sustained serious injuries and was transported to a Lake Charles area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Nissan was not injured and impairment is not suspected.
A toxicology sample was obtained from the driver of the Nissan and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Troopers urge pedestrians to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near or on the roadway. Simple precautions such as wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, and walking a safe distance from travel lanes while facing oncoming traffic could help prevent many pedestrian related crashes. Pedestrians must also assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night.
Troop D has investigated 15 fatal crashes resulting in 17 deaths in 2023.
TFC Derek Senegal
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (337) 491-2513