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Wheelchair-bound Livingston Parish man struck, killed while attempting to cross highway

Posted at 11:02 AM, Nov 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-23 13:40:58-05

Louisiana State Police Troopers are investigating a fatal pedestrian crash in Livingston Parish that took the life of a 47-year-old Holden man.

Police say the crash occurred as Jerry Schenk of Holden was attempting to cross the northbound lane of LA Hwy 441 in a wheelchair. At the same time, 34-year-old Perry Schenk, also of Holden, was traveling northbound on La Hwy 441 in a Buick LeSabre. As Jerry Schenk was attempting to cross the roadway, he was struck by the Buick.

The Advocate reports that the driver of the Buick, Perry Schenk, is the nephew of Jerry Schenk.

Jerry Schenk sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Perry Schenk was properly restrained and was not injured. It is unknown if impairment was a factor in the crash. Toxicology samples were taken from both parties and will be submitted for analysis.

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. 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.