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Pedestrian struck and killed in Calcasieu Parish

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STARKS, La. -

A Texas man is dead after being struck by a vehicle overnight while walking on LA 12 in the community of Starks.

At 2:30 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to the fatal accident on the highway near Old River Road about 4 ½ miles east of the Texas state line.

Troopers say investigation revealed 60-year-old Saul Zamarripa Ramirez, of Ennis, Texas, was struck by a pickup truck as he walked in the westbound lane of travel. Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office.

The driver of the truck was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. Troopers say the driver voluntarily submitted to a breathalyzer test, which he passed.

Troopers do not know whether Ramirez was impaired during the time of the crash. A toxicology sample was obtained from him for analysis 

The crash remains under investigation. 

To avoid injury or death, pedestrians are encouraged to walk facing traffic, use a sidewalk or highway shoulder when available, wear light-colored clothing with reflective materials, and carry a flashlight at night. Additional pedestrian safety information may be found online at www.walkinginfo.org.

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