The unidentified pedestrian sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office.

Shortly after 3 a.m. on June 10, troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on US 61 south of LA 427 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of an unidentified pedestrian.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 51-year-old Roderick Franklin was traveling northbound on US 61 in a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. At the same time, two pedestrians ran across the northbound lanes of US 61 into the path of Franklin’s vehicle. One pedestrian was struck by Franklin’s vehicle and the other pedestrian continued running and fled the scene.

The unidentified pedestrian sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. Franklin was properly restrained and was not injured in the crash. It is unknown if the pedestrian was impaired, but a toxicology sample will be taken for analysis. Franklin was given a chemical breath test and showed no signs of impairment.

Troopers urge pedestrians to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near the roadway. 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.

Both motorists and pedestrians are urged to call *LSP (*577) to reach the nearest LSP Troop location to report roadway incidents or request assistance if needed.

Contributed by Louisiana State Police