Pedestrian struck in deadly crash was fleeing from police

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Posted: Aug 4, 2010 4:27 PM by Heather Harel
Updated: Aug 4, 2010 5:06 PM
Source: Louisiana State Police, West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office

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Topics: Update, pedestrian struck, I-10, LA 415, Walter Ellison, Jr., Louisiana State Police, pickup truck, Juana Zamora, 18-wheeler, illegal currency, narcotics

Update: The pedestrian struck on Interstate 10 westbound west of LA 415 late Monday night was fleeing from West Baton Rouge deputies and handcuffed at the time.

Louisiana State Police said 39-year-old Walter Ellison, Jr., Rex, GA, was the passenger in a Kenilworth tractor trailer rig that was involved in a traffic stop initiated by West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies. During the stop, Ellison was detained and placed in handcuffs. He then ran from the westbound shoulder into the oncoming path of a pickup truck being driven by 47-year-old Juana Zamora, Bonita Springs, FL. Ellison was pronounced dead at the scene.

West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said the tractor trailer was stopped for a traffic violation. Deputies conducted a free air K-9 sniff of the vehicle, which resulted in a positive alert to the presence of a narcotics odor on the tractor trailer. Police found a large amount of U.S. currency in the truck, which they believed to be packaged in a manner consistent with illegal currency, derived from, or used to facilitate narcotics transactions. Deputies then handcuffed the driver and Ellison and returned to locate the illegal currency when Ellison fled.

Troopers do not suspect alcohol to have been a factor in the crash on the part of Zamora. They have submitted a sample of Ellison’s blood to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.

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