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St. Landry man dies in pedestrian crash

Posted at 11:49 AM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 12:49:06-04

A St. Landry man died this morning after he was struck while walking on the highway in Evangeline Parish.

State Police say they were called at about 4:30 a.m. to a crash on La. 106 near the intersection with La. 3042. They found that Danny Chambliss was crossing the highway and allegedly walked into the path of an eastbound pick-up truck.

Chambliss, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck, a 19-year-old Ville Platte man, was properly restrained and was not injured. Impairment is not suspected, but routine toxicology tests are pending. This crash remains under investigation.

Crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following some basic safety guidelines. Troopers urge pedestrians to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near the roadway. Pedestrians must also assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night. 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.