Pedestrian in critical condition after being struck by SUV on I-12

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 5:33pm

Walker Police report that Chad Wayne Cox, 27, of Covington, was critically injured after being hit by an SUV early Tuesday morning on Interstate 12.

“The accident occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. at the Satsuma exit,” said Captain John Sharp, WPD Public Information Officer. “Our preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. Cox was in the left lane of the eastbound lanes of travel when he was struck.”

The vehicle that struck Cox was driven by Steven Michael Jones, 37, of Baton Rouge.

“According to Jones, he was traveling east at the 19 mile marker in the left lane behind an 18 wheeler, when it suddenly swerved to avoid Cox,” Captain Sharp reported.

“Jones also attempted to swerve and miss Cox, but was unable to do so. There are no indications that speed, driver inattentiveness or driver impairment were factors in the accident. Given the circumstances, including the weather conditions and poor lighting, it appears the accident was unavoidable.”

Jones did, however, give a blood sample for alcohol and drug testing as a matter of routine course. Cox has also been tested for impairment.

“At this time, we have not charged anyone in connection with the accident. However, charges are possible, depending on the results of the drug and alcohol tests,” said Sharp.

The accident remains under investigation.

“We are trying to determine why Mr. Cox was in the left lane of travel,” Sharp explained. “That location suggests that he may have been in the process of crossing the interstate when he was struck. We are continuing to examine that scenario and others as well.”  

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