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Pedestrian Struck and Killed on U.S. 171 in Calcasieu Parish

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The crash claimed the life of 38-year-old Jodie K. Laughlin of Universal City, Texas.

Posted: Oct 18, 2021 8:24 AM

Calcasieu Parish – On October 15, 2021, shortly before 6:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a crash involving a pedestrian on U.S. Highway 171 just north of Lake Charles. The crash claimed the life of 38-year-old Jodie K. Laughlin of Universal City, Texas.

The preliminary investigation revealed Laughlin was walking in the northbound lanes of travel on U.S. 171 when she was struck by a northbound SUV. Laughlin was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the SUV was properly restrained and not injured.

Impairment on the part of Laughlin is unknown, but a standard toxicology sample was taken for analysis. The driver of the SUV submitted a breath sample and showed no signs of impairment at the time of the crash. This crash remains under investigation.

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