Pedestrian Killed in Crash on LA 39

Posted: May 1st, 2018 | Filed under: News Releases

St. Bernard Parish – Yesterday evening, shortly after 8:00 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop B investigated a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on LA 39 north near Schnell Drive. The pedestrian was identified as 63 year old Debra Miller of Arabi, LA.

The initial investigation indicated that Miller was attempting to cross the north bound lanes of LA 39 and was struck by a 2006 Honda Accord, driven by 45 year old Mallerie Thurman of Arabi, LA, that was traveling in the right lane. Miller was transported to St. Bernard Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Thurman provided a voluntary blood sample for toxicological analysis. Impairment and speed are not considered as factors of the crash. 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. Crossing roadways only in well-lit, designated areas and always walking facing traffic will enhance the safety for pedestrians.