UPDATE: Victim in wheelchair struck and killed in early morning crash identified

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Update: The victim has been identified as 37-year-old Ashton Hurst.

Hurst was rolling his wheelchair and attempted to cross all lanes of US Hwy 90 near the intersection of N. Morgan when he was struck by a passing vehicle. 

The lighting conditions outside were still dark due to it being dawn and the driver of the Malibu could not see him, Broussard Police Chief Brannon Decou said. 

The 30-year-old driver of the sedan had a green traffic signal as she traveled west on US Hwy 90 through the intersection.

No citations have been issued, police said. 

ORIGINAL: The Broussard Police Department is investigating an early morning crash on US 90 East that left one person dead.

“At about 6:20 this morning, our team responded to a vehicle crash, involving a bicycle. When we got here we learned it wasn’t a bicycle. It ended up being a man in a wheelchair,” said Broussard Assistant Police Chief Chris Galvez. 

Police arrived just before daylight and with little to no visibility, they began assessing what happened. “But we did learn through witnesses on scene that the motorist had a green light.”

From their current investigations, Police found that the victim was attempting to cross US 90 East near the Morgan Avenue. “He was crossing all lanes of travel, trying to get to the other side of the highway,” said Galvez. 

Witnesses at the nearby Shop Rite convenient store said the victim shops their often. They believe he was making his way there this morning before he was struck by a car. 

This is an on-going investigation. The victim remains unidentified by police. 
 

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