Pedestrian Killed in Crash with St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle
Published 12:02 pm Friday, May 20, 2022
Laplace – On May 19, 2022, shortly after 10:00 pm, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B responded to a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on US 61 (Airline Highway) near Windsor Street in Laplace. This crash ultimately claimed the life of 45-year-old Dave Walker of Laplace.
The initial investigation revealed a St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy was on duty and driving a fully marked 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe patrol unit in the right lane of US 61 south near Windsor Street. At the same time, Walker, was attempting to walk across the southbound lanes of US 61, just south of Windsor Street. As Walker entered the right lane of US 61 south, he was struck by the Tahoe. In the area of the crash, there are no designated crosswalks and lighting is limited.
Walker suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and front seat passenger of the Tahoe were unrestrained at the time of the crash and uninjured.
Impairment is not suspected on the Deputy, however a voluntary blood sample was given and will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Impairment on the part of Walker is unknown and toxicology samples will be obtained for testing. The investigation is ongoing.
Pedestrians and motorists alike are urged to remain vigilant while on area roadways and pay close attention to their surroundings. Crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following some basic safety guidelines. Pedestrians should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and should always avoid walking on the roadway in dark areas. Pedestrians must also assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night. Crossing roadways only in well-lit, designated areas and always walking facing traffic will enhance the safety for pedestrians.