For residents of Lake Charles Louisiana, pedestrian accidents may feel as though they’re becoming an all too common occurrence. These types of accidents are particularly tragic because they almost always result in serious bodily harm or death. Just last week we highlighted the story of a 23-year-old man who died as a result of injuries sustained when he was struck by vehicle on Elliot Road. Unfortunately, the tragic auto accident trend continues. Louisiana State Police have confirmed that a 76-year-old man recently lost his life after being struck by a vehicle in Avoyelles Parish.
The fatal car crash took place when the elderly man was hit by a 68-year-old woman from Lake Charles. Purportedly, the woman was driving on Highway 115 when the Mansura man walked into the northbound lane at about 6:40 p.m.
News reports allude to the fact that the woman may have had difficulty seeing the man, because he was dressed in black attire. Police officers routinely make it a point to encourage pedestrians to wear bright clothing, and possibly carry a flashlight or light source, when walking in low visibility conditions.
The accident remains under investigation and results of toxicology tests are still pending. There is currently no indication what criminal charges, if any, the driver may face for her part in the auto accident. It remains unclear as to whether she was distracted or impaired in some way at the time of the incident. Undoubtedly, the friends and loved ones of the man who lost his life in the fatal crash are grieving. Depending upon the outcome of the investigation, the victim’s family may seek more information concerning their rights and options within the parameters of the legal system.