Posted: Sep 3, 2013 5:52 PM by KATC
On September 3, 2013, at 3:06 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a crash on Interstate Highway 10 Eastbound about 3 ½ miles west of Sulphur that claimed the life of a Sulphur man.
The preliminary investigation revealed that 61-year-old Timothy Johnson of Sulphur was walking in the outside lane of travel on I-10 when he was struck by a 2001 Buick driven by 30-year-old Jana R. Doyle of Starks. Doyle swerved in an attempt to avoid Johnson but was unsuccessful.
Troopers were already in the area responding to a report received at 2:47 a.m. of a single vehicle driven off of the roadway into trees south of I-10 about 4 miles west of Sulphur. Investigators located this crash and determined that Johnson was driving the car involved. Johnson was walking away from this crash when he was struck.
Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office. Doyle was wearing her seatbelt and was not injured.
Impairment on the part of Johnson is suspected to be a factor in the crash. Doyle was not charged.
Toxicology samples were obtained from Johnson and Doyle and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Walking upon the travel lanes of an interstate highway, especially at night while impaired, is dangerous and should be avoided. A majority of pedestrian fatalities, nearly 70 percent, occur at night. Pedestrians are encouraged to wear light colored clothing, reflective materials, and to carry a flashlight at night. Additional pedestrian safety information may be found online at www.walkinginfo.org.
Troop D has investigated 18 fatal crashes resulting in 20 fatalities so far this year.