Yesterday evening at approximately 9:30 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a fatal crash on LA 328 at Juleau Champagne Road. The crash claimed the life of a pedestrian identified as 34 year old Ashley Lassiegne of Henderson.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1998 Toyota Corolla, driven by 17 year old female of Breaux Bridge, was traveling north on LA 328 and struck Lassiegne in the northbound lane, as she was attempting to cross the roadway. Lassiegne sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Martin Parish Coroner’s Office.
Impairment and speed are not considered factors of the crash. The juvenile driver submitted to a breath test and no alcohol was found in her system. No charges have been filed at this time and the crash remains under investigation.
Pedestrians and motorists alike are urged to remain vigilant while on area 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 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.