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June 07, 2019

Amite Man Killed in Livingston Parish Crash

Shortly before 4:00 am this morning (June 7, 2019), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A
began investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on LA Hwy 16 north of LA Hwy 63 (Weiss Rd.) in Livingston Parish. The crash took the life of 47-year-old Ronald Ridgedell of Amite.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Ridgedell was riding his bicycle in the northbound lane of LA Hwy 16. For unknown reasons, Ridgedell  placed his bicycle on the north shoulder and walked into the northbound lane. Ridgedell was struck by a Mack truck driven by Charles Barns, Jr. (64) of Greensburg.

Ridgedell suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office. Barns was properly restrained and was uninjured.

Ridgedell was wearing dark colored clothing, and there were no street lights in the area. This crash remains under investigation, and there is no further information at this time.

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

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