VERMILION PARISH, LA – At 8:30 p.m. on August 30, 2021, Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on Louisiana Highway 339 near Louisiana Highway 338 in Vermilion Parish. The crash claimed the life of 84-year-old Louis D. Baudoin of Abbeville.
The preliminary investigation by State Police revealed Baudoin was walking east, across the roadway, in the northbound lane of LA 339 when he was struck by a northbound 2007 Toyota Camry. Baudoin was pronounced deceased at scene by the Vermilion Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment on the part of Baudoin is unknown, but a standard toxicology sample was taken for analysis.
The driver of the Camry submitted a breath sample, indicating no alcohol present, and was not impaired at the time of the crash. He was properly restrained and suffered no injuries. This crash remains under investigation.
A majority of pedestrian fatalities, nearly 70 percent, occur at night. Troopers urge pedestrians to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near the road. Simple precautions such as wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, not walking too close to roadways, and walking against the flow of traffic could prevent most pedestrian related crashes.
Troop I has investigated 37 fatal crashes resulting in 46 deaths in 2021.