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November 26, 2022

Pedestrian Killed in Washington Parish Crash

Friday (November 25, 2022) night, shortly after 5:45 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on LA Hwy 21 near Quave Road in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of 50-year-old Ben Small of Covington.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Small was wearing dark clothing and walking in the roadway on LA Hwy 21. At the same time, a 2012 GMC Acadia was southbound on LA Hwy 21. For reasons still under investigation, Small was struck by the GMC.

Small sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the GMC was properly restrained, but sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from Small and the driver of the GMC for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Pedestrians and motorists alike are urged to remain vigilant while on roadways and pay close attention to their surroundings. Crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following some basic safety guidelines. Pedestrians should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and should always avoid walking on the roadway in dark areas. Pedestrians must also assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night. Crossing roadways only in well-lit, designated areas and always walking facing traffic will enhance the safety for pedestrians.

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