BATON ROUGE, LA — Louisiana State Police Troop A investigated a crash last night on Siegen Lane that left an unidentified pedestrian seriously injured. The crash occurred on Siegen at the intersection with Rieger Road shortly after 8:00 pm. Troopers have been unable to identify the pedestrian, and the investigation is on-going.
Troopers’ preliminary investigation revealed that Joseph Maldonado, 27, of Baton Rouge was driving a 2011 Jeep Cherokee south on Siegen Lane in the right lane at the intersection of Rieger Road when he struck a white male walking in the roadway. Maldonado steered right to avoid the pedestrian, but struck him with the left side of the Jeep. The pedestrian was thrown into the air and came to rest in the middle of the intersection. Maldonado brought his vehicle to a stop nearby.
Although Troopers did not suspect alcohol to have been a factor in the crash, Maldonado voluntarily submitted a breath sample that showed he had no detectable alcohol in his system. Troopers were unable to secure a blood sample from the pedestrian due to the extent of his injuries. The investigation continues, and Troopers will continue attempts to identify the pedestrian.