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Port Allen man dies in WBR pedestrian crash

Posted at 11:46 AM, Feb 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-17 12:46:19-05

State Police say a Port Allen man is dead after he was hit by an SUV.

Willard Juge, 50, was walking on La. 620 at about 8 p.m. Saturday, troopers say. He was wearing dark clothing, and there are no street lights in the area.

He was struck by a Honda CRV that was traveling west. Troopers say Juge was walking on the fog line of the highway.

The driver of the CRV was tested and showed no impairment. The crash remains under investigation, and an autopsy will be done to determine if Juge was impaired, troopers say.

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. 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.