State Police identify pedestrian struck and killed in St. Landry Parish this morning


OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) – Shortly before 9 a.m. this morning, Troop I was notified of a deadly crash involving a pedestrian on LA 742 near Amy Road in St. Landry Parish.

The preliminary investigation indicated that 48-year-old Carrie Soileau of Port Barre was driving  west on LA 742 in a 2012 Kia Sorento. The pedestrian, 76-year-old Russell Zachary of Opelousas, was walking north across the roadway as Soileau approached. Soileau attempted to steer away from Zachary, but he stumbled and fell into the path of Soileau’s vehicle in the westbound lane.

Zachary suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.Soileauwas not injured in the crash and was wearing her seat belt. Impairment is unknown on the part of the pedestrian and standard toxicology tests are pending. Soileau submitted to a breath test which showed no alcohol present. The investigation is ongoing.

Troopers urge pedestrians to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near the road. Simple precautions such as wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, and not walking too close to roadways could prevent most pedestrian related crashes.

The dangers of driving impaired and distracted can also contribute to tragedies such as these and we ask all drivers to be vigilant behind the wheel.

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