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April 14 02:35 PM

Pedestrian falls from overpass, struck by car

A Haughton man was killed last Friday, April 4, on Interstate 20 at mile post 33 in Haughton.

A preliminary investigation by Louisiana State Police Troop G revealed that Kevin McCarl, 27, for unknown reasons, fell from the Louisiana Highway 157 overpass onto I-20 eastbound travel lanes.

A vehicle approaching McCarl observed him in the roadway and was unable to avoid hitting him.

A 1996 Jeep driven by Gwendolyn Baker, 54, of Monroe was following behind the vehicle that avoided McCarl. Baker applied her brakes but was unable to avoid hitting McCarl.

McCarl was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bossier Parish Coroner’s Office. Baker was not injured and was wearing her seatbelt.

Toxicology samples were obtained from McCarl as well as Baker and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Walking upon the travel lanes of a highway, especially at night, is dangerous and should be avoided. A majority of pedestrian fatalities, nearly 70 percent, occur at night. Pedestrians are encouraged to wear light-colored clothing and reflective materials and to carry a flashlight at night. Additional pedestrian safety can be found online at www.walkinginfo. org.

Troop G has investigated four fatal crashes this year.

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