Tanesia Hawkins is a frequent
traveler on major roads in Baton Rouge like Sherwood Forest Boulevard and
Burbank Drive and says she always sees plenty of people walking too close to
"Especially children running
across the highway trying to compete with the cars thinking it's funny just
dashing with their friends and I find that to be a big problem," said Hawkins.
That problem was once again in
the spotlight Monday morning as Louisiana State Police and Livingston Parish
Deputies discovered the body of 27 year old Devin Hammond in a ditch along
Juban Road in Livingston Parish.
"Unfortunately there was a
pedestrian found on Juban Road and we think he may have been struck by a
vehicle and right now the crime lab is investigating to see exactly what
happened," said Trooper Jared Sandifer.
The fatality is part of an
alarming problem in the state over the last several years. According to figures
obtained from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, there have been more
than 280 pedestrian fatalities over the last three years in the state.
number could go up when the figures for 2013 are made final.
is another roadway police say has a higher amount of foot traffic and with that
traffic comes the opportunity for deadly accidents. Troopers urge drivers and
walkers alike to be aware at all times.
"During the New Year's and
Christmas holidays, we unfortunately see a spike in the number of pedestrian
related fatalities there's a lot more people walking. They may drink and not
choose to get behind the wheel of a car but instead walk home and that can be
dangerous in itself," said Sandifer.
Hawkins says she doesn't take any
chances when behind the wheel, limiting her distractions and making sure she's
ready for anything.
"I try to be more attentive like
watching I mean your eyes as a driver have to constantly be scanning the
streets because you have to drive for yourself," said Hawkins.
Monday, July 21 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:41:34 GMT
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