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Pedestrian killed near Lake Charles

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 A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a vehicle overnight while standing on US Highway 90 east of Lake Charles.

Louisiana State Police Troop D were called to the scene at about 7 p.m. Saturday night, a spokesman said. They found that Kelly Ray White, 50, of Lake Charles was standing in the eastbound lane of travel, near the Sunrise Inn, when he was struck by a car.

White was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office.  Impairment on the part of White is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

The driver of the Altima, an 80-year-old Iowa man, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. 

Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation.

At the time of the crash, White was wearing dark colored clothing while standing in the roadway.  A majority of pedestrian fatalities, nearly 70 percent, occur at night, state police say.  Pedestrians are encouraged to walk facing traffic, use a sidewalk or highway shoulder when available, wear light colored clothing with reflective materials, and to carry a flashlight at night. Additional pedestrian safety information may be found online at www.walkinginfo.org.

Troop D has investigated 4 fatal crashes resulting in 4 deaths so far this year.

Last year, Troop D investigated six fatal pedestrian crashes in Calcasieu Parish.  This number does not include pedestrian crashes investigated by other law enforcement agencies.

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