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Teenage pedestrian killed in overnight crash

Posted at 2:00 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 16:04:04-04

A teenage pedestrian is dead following an overnight crash in St. Landry Parish.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., state troopers began investigating the crash that happened on U.S. 190 near Front Street.

According to a spokesman with Troop I, 16-year-old John Richard, of Port Barre, was hit by a truck near the center line of the highway while walking across the eastbound lanes.

The spokesman says there were no street lights in the area and Richard was wearing dark-colored clothing.

The teenager was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Investigators do not know at this time if Richard was impaired; however, toxicology samples were collected and will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

The driver of the truck was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, the spokesman said. The driver of the truck voluntarily submitted a breath sample, which showed no signs of impairment.

The crash remains under investigation.

A message from Louisiana State Police:

“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 in well-lit areas a safe distance from travel lanes while facing oncoming traffic could help prevent many pedestrian-related crashes. Troopers would also like to take this opportunity to remind motorists that making good choices, such as never driving while impaired and ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, can often be key to preventing and surviving serious crashes.”