West Monroe – Tuesday, shortly before 6 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on LA Hwy 143, near Wall Williams Road, that claimed the life of a pedestrian walking in the roadway.
The initial investigation, according to LSP officials, revealed a 2019 GMC Yukon, driven by 33-year-old Audrey Ewing of Farmerville, was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 143. For reasons still under investigation, a pedestrian, 38-year-old Ronald Williams Jr. of West Monroe, was walking north in the southbound lane of travel. Ewing was unable to take evasive action and struck Williams.
Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis. Ewing was not injured during the crash.
Pedestrians and motorists alike are urged to remain vigilant while on area roadways and pay close attention to their surroundings, LSP officials said, adding 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, LSP said.
The crash remains under investigation.
In 2021, Troop F has investigated 55 fatal crashes resulting in 66 deaths.