Pedestrian dies after stepping into oncoming traffic on the Interstate

Pedestrian dies after stepping into oncoming traffic on the Interstate

POSTED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:34pm

On Friday, March 30, shortly after 9:00 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on Interstate 55 approximately one mile north of Interstate 12 in Tangipahoa Parish.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred as a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Brandon Carral, 20, of Amite, was traveling south in the right lane of Interstate 55.

As the Chevrolet continued south, a white female pedestrian entered the southbound lane from the west side of the Interstate stepping directly into the path of Carral’s vehicle. Carral was unable to avoid the pedestrian and struck the white female with the right front end of the Chevrolet.

Carral was wearing a seatbelt and received no injuries in the crash. He submitted to a breath alcohol test showing no detectable signs of alcohol in his system.

The white female pedestrian sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Alcohol and/or drug impairment for the pedestrian is unknown at this time pending toxicology results at the coroner’s office.

Troopers are continuing their investigation into the events of the crash and efforts to identify the pedestrian are ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the crash or the identity of the white female victim is urged to contact Troop L at 985-893-6250.

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