Deputies with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office were on the scene at Highway 90 on West Frontage Road where a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed.
The accident happened on Saturday evening around 6:30 P.M. between Centerville and Garden City, according to reports.
Franklin Fire Department says that the pedestrian was struck by a SUV.
That pedestrian was identified by Louisiana State Police as 19-year-old Everardo Perez of Houston, Texas.
Their investigation revealed Perez, who was wearing dark clothing, was walking in the middle of the westbound lane of US 90 North Frontage Road when he was struck by 2017 GMC Acadia going westbound.
Perez was pronounced deceased at the scene by the St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office.
Impairment on the part of Perez is unknown, but a standard toxicology sample was taken for analysis, State Police say. The driver of the Acadia submitted a breath sample, indicating no alcohol present and was not impaired at the time of the crash. The driver, along with a passenger, was properly restrained and suffered no injuries.
West Frontage Road is now open and the crash is under investigation.
State Police conclude, "A majority of pedestrian fatalities, nearly 70 percent, occur at night. Troopers urge pedestrians to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near the road. Simple precautions such as wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, not walking too close to roadways, and walking against the flow of traffic could prevent most pedestrian related crashes."
This is the first fatal crash Troop I has investigated in 2022.
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