ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (FOX44) — A Chalmette man died early this morning after he was struck by a car while he was walking down LA 47 (Paris Road) in St. Bernard Parish.
The Louisiana State Police reports that the crash happened at around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17. We’re told Deborah Riedel, 41, of Violet was driving her 2004 Mercedes C230 north on LA 47. She struck Joseph Gioe, 81, of Chalmette, who was walking along the road.
Gioe was taken to a local hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries.
At this time investigators do not believe Riedel was speeding or impaired. However, toxicology tests are being issued and the crash remains under investigation pending the results.
Troopers urge both motorists and pedestrians to remain vigilant while on area roadways and pay close attention to their surroundings. Distraction, whether behind the wheel or as a pedestrian, decreases awareness and reaction time possibly leading to life changing consequences. Louisiana State Law requires pedestrians to utilize sidewalks where accessible or walk along the left shoulder as far away from the roadway as possible. Pedestrians should walk against the flow of traffic, wear light colored clothing, and stay out of the travel lanes at all times.