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Pedestrian struck & killed on Hwy 80

RICHLAND PARISH, La- - (1/30/2018) Louisiana State Police say a Kentucky woman was hit by a car while walking in the roadway along U.S. Highway 80 in Richland Parish near Holly Ridge around 11 p.m. Monday night.

LSP identified the woman who died as 43-year-old Gina Jones of Keavy, KY. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Richland Parish Coroner's Office. 

Police say just before 11 p.m. Monday, they were called to a crash on Hwy 80. Their investigation found a 2007 Chevrolet Impala, driven by 40-year-old Derrice Kelly of Rayville, was heading eastbound on Hwy 80 when her car hit a pedestrian who was walking in the travel lane of the road.

LSP urges pedestrians to follow basic safety guidelines including wearing light colored or reflective clothing when walking along the road. Pedestrians should also walk against traffic so they can see on-coming traffic.

Below is the full press release from Louisiana State Police: 

A female who was walking on US Hwy 80 was killed last night after being struck by a vehicle.         

Shortly before 11:00 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash on US Hwy 80 near Holly Ridge.  The preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Chevrolet Impala, driven by 40-year-old Derrice Kelly of Rayville, was traveling east on US Hwy 80 when her vehicle struck a pedestrian that was walking in the travel lane of the roadway.   

The pedestrian, 43-year-old Gina Jones of Keavy, KY was pronounced dead at the scene by the Richland Parish Coroner’s Office.     

Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation.

Pedestrians and motorists alike are urged to remain vigilant while on area 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.

In 2018, Troop F has investigated 4 fatal crashes resulting in 5 deaths.

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