Pedestrian hit & killed in Tangipahoa Parish

HAMMOND — A 53-yr-old woman was killed after around 9:30pm Thursday after a vehicle hit her, according to officials.

Louisiana State Police officials say on June 15th around 9:30pm, they responded to a crash on Hwy. 3234 near Patti Rd. in Tangipahoa Parish.

Susan Johnson, 53, of Hammond, was killed in the crash.

The preliminary investigation shows the crash happened as Johnson was walking south and attempting to cross Hwy. 3234. At the same time, a 2020 Nissan Altima was westbound on Hwy. 3234 in the right lane.

For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan hit Johnson. She was then also hit by a second vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Yaris that was also westbound on Hwy 3234 and directly behind the Nissan.

Johnson died on the scene. The drivers of the Nissan and the Toyota were both properly restrained and uninjured. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from Johnson and both drivers for analysis.

Pedestrians and motorists are urged to remain vigilant while on roadways and pay close attention to their surroundings. Crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following some basic safety guidelines. Pedestrians should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and should avoid walking on the roadway in dark areas. Pedestrians must assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night. Pedestrians should cross roadways in well-lit, designated areas and should always walk facing traffic. These simple steps can enhance safety for pedestrians.

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