Louisiana State Police Spokesman, Trooper Thomas Gossen says that a 56-year-old man died after being hit by a car while he was walking along Louisiana Highway 14 East.

Gossen, the Public Information Officer for Troop I, says that Donald J. Derouen was pronounced dead at the scene at around 9 o'clock Sunday night.

He adds that the driver of the car had agreed to a breathalyzer test at the site of the crash, and the woman was not impaired. According to Gossen, as part of the routine when someone dies as the result of a fatal crash, they have taken blood samples from Derouen to rule out impairment.

The crash happened on Highway 14 right near Old Louisiana Highway 25 Road.

This is not the first pedestrian crash this year, and in fact, there was another pedestrian that was critically injured Monday morning on Marigny Circle in Lafayette Parish.

Gossen says Louisiana Police wants to remind everyone if you are going to walk, there are some things you should do to keep yourself safe:

  • State Police requires you to walk against the traffic.
  • Never walk too close to any roadway.
  • Pay attention to what is happening with traffic; avoid any type of distraction.
  • Always wear reflective materials when you decide to go for a walk.

Trooper Gossen says that almost seventy percent of pedestrian deaths happen at night.

There have been twenty-six people who have died in fatal crashes/accidents this year in Acadiana.

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