(UPDATE: 9/29/2017 9:30 PM)
Louisiana State Police have identified the victim as 26-year-old Lamont Davis of Tallulah.
The deputy involved has not been named at this time.
The incident remains under investigation.
Tallulah- An unknown male who was walking on the Interstate died last night after being struck by a vehicle in Madison Parish.
Shortly before 3:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2017, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 just west of Tallulah. The preliminary investigation revealed just prior to the crash, the Madison Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a call in reference to an unknown male subject walking east in the travel lanes of Interstate 20.
Subsequently the pedestrian was struck by a Madison Parish Sheriff’s Department Chevrolet Tahoe that was dispatched to the call. After impact the Tahoe traveled into the median, struck the cable barriers and came to final rest.
The unidentified pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by the Madison Parish Coroner’s Office. The Sheriff’s Deputy was properly restrained and not injured during the crash.
At the time of the crash the pedestrian was wearing black shorts and a dark color shirt. This crash occurred in open country with no nearby lighting. A wide shoulder was available to walk upon.
Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Troopers are asking anyone with information regarding the pedestrian’s identity to call Troop F at (318) 345-0000.
A majority of pedestrian fatalities, nearly 70 percent, occur at night. Pedestrians are encouraged to walk facing traffic, use a sidewalk or highway shoulder when available, wear light colored clothing with reflective materials, and to carry a flashlight at night. Additional pedestrian safety information may be found online at www.walkinginfo.org.
In 2017, Troop F has investigated 25 fatal crashes resulting in 26 deaths.