Pedestrian Killed in St. John the Baptist Parish Crash

Published 9:24 am Tuesday, December 13, 2022

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Laplace – On December 12, 2022, shortly after 6:15 pm, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B responded to a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on US 61 (Airline Highway) near Belle Point Boulevard in Laplace. This crash ultimately claimed the life of 61-year-old James Clifford Morrison, Jr. of Laplace.

The initial investigation revealed a 2022 Kia Rio was traveling in the right lane of US 61 east near Belle Point Boulevard. At the same time, Morrison was attempting to walk across the eastbound lanes of US 61, just east of the intersection. As Morrison entered the right lane of US 61 east, he was struck by the Kia. In the area of the crash, there are no designated crosswalks and lighting is limited. Additionally, Morrison was wearing dark colored clothing at the time of the crash.

Morrison suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he later died. The driver and front seat passenger of the Kia were restrained at the time of the crash and uninjured.

Impairment is not suspected on the part of the driver of the Kia, 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 Morrison 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.