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Evangeline Parish – Shortly after 4:30 am on September 26, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a crash involving a pedestrian that resulted in a fatality on LA Hwy 106 at LA 3042 in Evangeline Parish. The crash took the life of 44-year-old Danny Chambliss of St. Landry. The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Chambliss was walking across LA 106. For reasons still under investigation, Chambliss walked into the path of an eastbound 2005 Ford Ranger driven by 19-year-old Landon Fontenot of Ville Platte. Chambliss was struck by Fontenot’s vehicle in the eastbound lane of LA 106. Chambliss sustained fatal injuries a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Evangeline Parish Coroner’s Office. Fontenot was properly restrained and was not injured. Impairment is not suspected, but routine toxicology tests are pending. This crash remains under investigation. Crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following some basic safety guidelines. Troopers urge pedestrians to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near the roadway. Pedestrians must also assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night. Simple precautions such as wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, and walking a safe distance from travel lanes while facing oncoming traffic could help prevent many pedestrian related crashes.


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