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Pedestrian dies in US 190 crash at Bayou Castine Bridge

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Pedestrian dies in US 190 crash at Bayou Castine Bridge
From Louisiana State Police and the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office:

MANDEVILLE---On Saturday January 5, 2019 at approximately 5:40 PM, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal pedestrian crash on US 190 at the Bayou Castine Bridge in St. Tammany Parish. The crash has claimed the life of an unidentified pedestrian.

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as a pedestrian, who was wearing dark clothing, was walking in the eastbound lane of US 190 on the Bayou Castine Bridge. The bridge has high concrete guardrails and no shoulders. The pedestrian was struck by a 2005 Kia Amanti, driven by 37-year-old Melvin Ruiz of Mandeville. Following the collision, the pedestrian landed in the center of the eastbound lane and was struck by a 2011 BMW 528, which had been traveling directly behind the Kia Amanti. The BMW was driven by 17-year-old Emily Anne Jeanfreau of Mandeville. The pedestrian was transported to Lakeview Regional Medical Center by St. Tammany Fire District 4. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Witness statements obtained by investigating Troopers stated that the pedestrian was staggering and was in the roadway when struck by the Kia Amanti. Both drivers and their passengers were properly restrained and were uninjured. Both drivers submitted breath samples, which showed no amount of alcohol present.

The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office will attempt to identify the pedestrian, and St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the victim, who was carrying no identification or cell phone. She is described as an African-American female, believed to have been in her mid- to late-30s. She was wearing dark clothing and black earrings. She has no tattoos, but has stretch marks on her abdomen. Anyone with information about the identity of this woman is asked to contact the Coroner's Office at 985-781-1150.