Last night (June 15, 2023), shortly before 9:30 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on LA Hwy 3234 near Patti Road in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 53-year-old Susan Johnson of Hammond.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Johnson was walking south attempting to cross LA Hwy 3234. At the same time, a 2020 Nissan Altima was westbound on LA Hwy 3234 in the right lane. For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan struck the pedestrian in the right westbound lane of LA Hwy 3234. After initial impact with the Nissan, Johnson was then struck by a 2007 Toyota Yaris that was also westbound on LA Hwy 3234 and directly behind the Nissan.
Johnson sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. She was pronounced deceased on the scene. The drivers of the Nissan and the Toyota were both properly restrained and uninjured. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from Johnson and both drivers for analysis.
Pedestrians and motorists 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 avoid walking on the roadway in dark areas. Pedestrians must assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night. Pedestrians should cross roadways in well-lit, designated areas and should always walk facing traffic. These simple steps can enhance safety for pedestrians.