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February 27, 2024

Pedestrian Killed While Walking on I-12 in St. Tammany Parish

Monday (February 26, 2024) afternoon, shortly after 1:00 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on Interstate 12 near U.S. Hwy 190 in St. Tammany Parish. The crash claimed the life of 47-year-old David Brassieur of Madisonville.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Brassieur was walking on the roadway on Interstate 12 westbound. At the same time, a 2022 Mercedes-Benz motorhome was westbound on Interstate 12. For reasons still under investigation, the Mercedes-Benz struck the pedestrian on the roadway.

Brassieur sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash. Brassieur was transported to a local hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Mercedes-Benz was properly restrained and uninjured. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from Brassieur and the driver of the Mercedes-Benz 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.

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