Pedestrian killed in Iberville Parish crash
Plaquemine – Shortly after 8:00 pm on May 5, 2021, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on LA Hwy 1148 west of LA Hwy 1 in Iberville Parish. The crash took the life of 22-year-old Tyler Schaffer of Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Schaffer was walking west in the eastbound lane of LA Hwy 1148. At the same time, a 2006 Honda Accord was traveling eastbound on LA Hwy 1148. While Schaffer was walking in the roadway, he was struck by the Honda.
Schaffer sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Honda was properly restrained and was not injured. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from Schaffer and the driver of the Honda for analysis.
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.