KAPLAN, LA — On Tuesday, July 30, shortly before 2:30 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian that occurred on LA Hwy 700 north of Pershing Road in Vermilion Parish. The crash took the life of Jeremy J. Little, 25, of Kaplan.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Little was walking in the southbound lane of LA 700. At the same time, Charles Milton, 31, of Sunset was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram southbound on LA 700. Little was wearing dark clothing, and there were no street lights in the area where he was walking. Little was struck in the southbound lane by Milton’s Dodge.
Little sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Impairment on the part of Little is unknown at this time, and Troopers have submitted a toxicology sample from him to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Impairment on the part of Milton is not suspected to be a factor; however, he was cited for having an expired license plate and operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.
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. Crossing roadways only in well-lit, designated areas and always walking facing traffic will enhance the safety for pedestrians.