Moss Bluff –Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on US Hwy 171 near Theriot Road in Calcasieu Parish on April 9, 2021, shortly before 9:30 p.m. The crash claimed the life of 50-year-old Benjamin Lewis Murray of Lake Charles.
The investigation revealed the crash occurred as Murray was attempting to walk across the northbound lanes of US 171. At the same time, a northbound 2016 Honda Accord, driven by 34-year-old Candice Rae Walker Peloquin of Lake Charles, struck Murray.
Murray sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. Peloquin was properly restrained at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries. Her passenger was properly restrained and not injured.
As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from Peloquin and Murray and submitted for analysis. Impairment on the part of Peloquin is suspected to be a factor in the crash. She was arrested and charged with DWI first offense and open container. Additional charges are possible and the crash remains under investigation.