Pedestrian killed in early morning LA 16 crash
DENHAM SPRINGS - State Police have reported that a man died after he was hit by a pickup truck near Denham Springs in Livingston Parish early Friday morning.
Troopers say the single-vehicle crash took the life of 46-year-old Jason Taylor, of Greenwell Springs. The crash happened on LA 16 south of Lockhart Road at around 4 a.m.
The initial investigation by State Police reveals that the crash happened as Taylor was walking in the middle of the southbound lane of LA 16 while wearing dark clothing. As the man was walking, 62-year-old Larry Myrick, of Clinton, was traveling southbound on LA 16 in a pickup truck. Myrick swerved to the left to try to avoid Taylor, but troopers say he was unable to avoid striking him. Taylor was hit in the middle of the right southbound lane of the highway by the front passenger side of Myrick’s truck.
LSP say Taylor sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office. Myrick was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.
Authorities do not suspect impairment to be a factor in the crash, but a toxicology sample will be taken from both individuals to be sent to the LSP Crime Lab for analysis.