Posted: Nov 8, 2011 6:21 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Nov 8, 2011 6:26 PM
A pedestrian was killed Monday night while walking along a frontage road near Centerville, while his children were with him.
It was just a little after 8 o'clock Monday night and very dark along the frontage road of Highway 90, and that's when 40-year-old Lester Redeaux was struck by a vehicle while walking with his two children, ages 11 and two. Unfortunately, he was walking with traffic instead of against it, which is Louisiana law.
Redeaux was known in St. Mary Parish as a family man. He started his career as a police officer in 2007 in Baldwin, and struck a friendship up with Sergeant Sam Wise.
"First time becoming a police officer, it was a dream of his. Best way to describe him is humble, he was a humble kid," said Wise.
Wise said Redeaux spent a lot of time with his children, and explained that's what makes the accident even more tragic, because Redeaux was walking with two of his children when they were hit.
"It's just a tragedy for us you know, it's a big loss," said Wise.
State Police said the driver, 39-year-old Aaron Burgess, came up behind them and hit Redeaux and the two year old. Redeaux later died at a Lafayette hospital, the two year old suffered moderate injuries. The 11 year old and driver were not hurt.
Trooper Stephen Hammons said Redeaux was walking in the wrong direction and partially in the road.
"What we want to stress to pedestrians is that if you do have to walk on the side of the road and no sidewalk is provided, Louisiana state law says you must walk against the flow of traffic as far to the left side of the road as possible," said Hammons.
Hammons also said routine toxicology samples have been taken and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.