Lafayette Parish – Shortly after 10 p.m. on Dec. 17, Troopers were notified of a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on LA Highway 93 near Rue De Belier. The crash claimed the life of 28-year-old Shelby L. Wills of Lafayette.
The preliminary investigation by State Police revealed Wills was walking east in the eastbound lane of LA 93 when she was approached by an eastbound 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche. The driver was unable to avoid Wills in the poorly lit area and, as a result, the Avalanche struck Wills.
Wills was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Avalanche was properly restrained and was not injured.
The driver of the Avalanche submitted a breath sample which indicated no alcohol present and displayed no signs of impairment. A toxicology sample was taken from Wills and results are pending. 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 (as stated by Louisiana law LRS 32:216) could prevent most pedestrian related crashes.