ASCENSION PARISH, LA (FOX44) — Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash involving a pedestrian that occurred on LA Hwy 935 west of LA Hwy 431 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 21 year old Lawrence A. Rowell of Gonzales.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred Rowell was walking in the westbound lane of travel of LA Hwy 935. At the same time, 34 year old Dustin Villnerve of St. Amant was driving a 2005 Ford pickup truck westbound on LA Hwy 935. Villnerve was unable to avoid Rowell as he was walking in the roadway and struck him with his vehicle.
Rowell sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Impairment on the part of Villnerve is not suspected, and he was not cited in the crash. Impairment on the part of Rowell is suspected, and Troopers have submitted a toxicology sample from him to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following some basic safety guidelines. Pedestrians should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and should always avoid walking on the roadway in dark areas. Pedestrians must also assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night. Crossing roadways only in well-lit, designated areas and always walking facing traffic will enhance the safety for pedestrians.