ERWINVILLE, La. — Early Saturday morning, Louisiana State Police Troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash where a Port Allen woman was hit & killed.
The victim has been identified as Kendra Richard, 32, of Port Allen. It happened on Hwy. 190 near Rougon Road in West Baton Rouge Parish.
State Police says as of now, their investigation reveals a 2021 Toyota Camry was headed east in the left lane on Hwy. 190. For
reasons still under investigation, Richard was in the left lane of 190 and was hit by the Camry. State Troopers added Richard was wearing dark-colored clothing at the time of crash.
Richard’s family reached out to Unfiltered with Kiran and explained that a Livonia Police Officer assisted in getting her from Pointe Coupee Parish into West Baton Rouge Parish, but dropped her off at a gas station.
Livonia Police Chief Landon Landry told UWK that Richard works at a hotel in Livonia and called dispatch asking if someone could give her a ride to West Baton Rouge Parish.
“That’s not unusual for us at all to help people and give them a ride if need be,” said Chief Landry. “By the time our officer made it out to her, she was already walking on Hwy. 190. That’s where our officer saw her and offered to drop her as far as he could but explained he would be outside of his jurisdiction.”
Chief Landry said the officer dropped off the Port Allen woman to the Exxon or Tiger Tracks in Erwinville, where a West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy was working extra duty. Richard is said to have told the Livonia officer she could be dropped off to the Exxon.
“We wanted to make sure she was at a safe location so that’s why the officer dropped her at the gas station and even told the deputy that he was outside his jurisdiction and this was the furthest he could go,” said Chief Landry.
After that, West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office tells UWK “Richard advised that she had a ride coming to pick her up. Mrs. Richard was seen walking the parking-lot by the deputy and later lost sight of her, suspecting her ride had picked her up.”
Richard started walking the rest of the way home on Hwy. 190 when she was hit by the driver of the Camry. Chief Landry added his officer had no reason to suspect any impairment on Richard.
Richard died on the scene. State Troopers said the driver of the Camry was properly restrained and uninjured. As part of the ongoing investigation, a toxicology sample was obtained from the pedestrian and driver and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.