Teen dies after being struck by a pickup

She and another person were walking in a dark area on Red Bluff Road when the truck crested a hill, LSP reports
Published: Jul. 25, 2021 at 5:54 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2021 at 6:00 PM CDT
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DeSOTO PARISH, La. — Authorities have released the name of the teenage pedestrian who died after being struck by a vehicle in DeSoto Parish.

The accident, which happened just after 10 p.m. Saturday, July 24, claimed the life of Grand Cane resident, Jasilyn Grimes, according to Louisiana State Police.

The 17-year-old and another pedestrian were walking in a dark area on Red Bluff Road east of U.S. Highway 171 when an eastbound 2005 Dodge Ram pickup crested a hill and struck Grimes, Trooper Jonathan Odom said.

The teenager was taken to Ochsner LSU Health, the Shreveport hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The truck’s driver, a 23-year-old man, was not injured in the accident.

Louisiana State Police reports that impairment is not suspected to have been a factor in this crash. Routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis.

“When walking near a roadway, always make yourself visible to drivers by wearing bright/light-colored clothing and reflective materials,” Odom advised. “Pedestrians who are walking at night should try to carry a flashlight for added safety.

“A person should always walk on a sidewalk,” he continued. “But if there is not a sidewalk available, you should always walk on the shoulder or, if no shoulder is available, as close to the roadway edge facing traffic.”

Troopers with Louisiana State Police’s Bossier City-based troop have investigated 20 fatal crashes resulting in 21 deaths so far in 2021.

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