Pedestrian killed after car hits him in the middle of roadway

MGN Online
Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 8:47am

A pedestrian is killed in a pedestrian versus car accident.

It happened Friday at 8:13 p.m. on Louisiana Highway 527 just west of Louisiana Highway 157.

Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G were called to a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

Investigation revealed taht a car driven by Tammy Owens, 35, of Doyline, was traveling east on Louisiana Highway 527 when it struck a pedestrian who was standing in the road. Owens attempted to swerve around the pedestrian but was unsuccessful.

The pedestrian, Andrew Burks, 32, of Elm Grove, suffered from fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bossier Parish Coroner's Office.

Owens was wearing a seat belt and did not report any injuries from the crash. The passenger in the car, Kendal Owens, 99, of Doyline, was wearing a seat belt and did not report any injuries either.

Alcohol use on the part of Owens is not suspected, but is suspected on Burks. Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis.

This incident is currently under investigation.

Safety is a responsibility for all road users, including drivers and pedestrians. A majority of pedestrian fatalies, nearly 70 percent, occur at night.

Pedestrians are encouraged to wear light colored clothing, reflective materians, and to carry a flashlight at night.

Drivers are encouraged to obey traffic laws, be alert, and to watch for pedestrians at all times.

Additional pedestrian safety may be found online at www.walkinginfo.org.

  

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