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Pedestrian identified in Opelousas fatal crash

Posted at 4:55 PM, Dec 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-22 19:01:56-05

Police are identifying the pedestrian killed in a crash last night in Opelousas.

Chief Donald Thomspon says 54-year-old Mark Wayne Jones, of Opelousas, was committing a theft in the Walmart on Creswell Lane when he was approached by an employee.

He then fled the store onto I-49 where was he was hit by two vehicles, the second being an 18-wheeler.

Police say the driver of the first vehicle stopped, but the driver of the 18-wheeler didn’t realize they hit anyone.

This stretch of the interstate is notorious for fatal pedestrian-involved accidents. Opelousas police told KATC in 2013 that typically one person is killed trying to cross I-49 in that area every year. Police said it is illegal to cross the interstate.