Houston man dies in Jeff Davis pedestrian crash

Posted at 12:16 PM, Jan 05, 2020

A Houston man died Saturday night after he was hit by a truck while walking on a highway.

Leon Marv Johnson, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was hit while walking south on U.S. Highway 165 South near Carl Hoppe Road in Jefferson Davis Parish, state troopers say.

Troopers say Johnson was walkin south in the outside lane of travel of the highway when he was struck by a truck that also was traveling south. The 75-year-old Iowa man who was driving the truck wasn't injured. Toxicology samples were taken from Johnson and the driver.

The 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 could help prevent many pedestrian related crashes. Pedestrians must also assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night.