Louisiana State Police have determined that a second vehicle was involved in a crash that killed a pedestrian. Troopers believe the second vehicle involved in this fatal accident is a Chevrolet, and that it could be either a passenger car or a sports utility vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to come forward.
The accident occurred just south of Louisiana 592. A 51-year-old pedestrian was standing in the left lane of U.S. 165 when a 58-year-old woman headed northbound in a Toyota Avalon struck him. As the Louisiana State Police were investigating the accident, they determined that a second vehicle had been involved. Troopers believe that vehicle has damage to its undercarriage and front bumper.
The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota was properly restrained and no injuries were reported. Even though the accident is still under investigation, alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the accident, at least in so far as the driver of the vehicle that stopped at the scene of the accident
The family of the deceased pedestrian retains the right to file a wrongful death claim in connection with this fatal accident. The family may want to wait to file until the Louisiana State Police are able to locate the second driver to determine what role that vehicle played in the accident. At that point, the family will be in a better position to assess the potential liability of both drivers for the fatal accident. In addition, since the investigation is still ongoing, it is not yet known what charges, if any, may be filed in connection with the accident. Knowing the outcome of the official investigation can help the family determine their rights under our state laws as they struggle to come to terms with the tragedy and its aftermath.