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Pedestrian killed in St. John hit-and-run

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FOX 8 received this news release from the Louisiana State Police Thursday afternoon:

Edgard, LA- Shortly after 12:30 PM this afternoon, Louisiana State Police Troop C was notified by the St. John Parish Sheriff's Office about a pedestrian that was struck and killed by an unknown hit and run vehicle on LA 18 between East 2nd and Columbia Street in St. John Parish.

The investigation revealed that a pedestrian, Darryl Gorden (B/M age 47) of Edgar, LA, was struck and killed while walking in or near the southbound lane of LA 18.  It is unclear if Gorden was walking northbound or southbound at the time he was struck.  After the hit and run vehicle struck Gorden it fled the scene.  Gorden was discovered by an unknown person who called the St. John Parish Sheriff's Office around 12:30 this afternoon.  Gorden was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. John Parish Coroner's Office.  Gorden, who was wearing dark clothing, was last seen around 7 PM last night and was most likely struck sometime last night or early this morning.  State Police does not have any information on the hit and run vehicle at this time.

Alcohol use is suspected to be factor for Gorden.  Routine toxicology tests are pending.  This crash remains under investigation.

If anyone has information in regards to this hit and run fatality contact:
-Louisiana State Police at (985) 857-3680
-St. John Parish Sheriff's Office at (985) 359-TIPS(8477)
-Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111

Pedestrians should always be aware of their surroundings and make sure to cross intersections and streets when it's safe to do so.  Remember to wear bright and reflective clothing when walking or bicycling at night.  Bicycles must also have a lamp mounted on the front that shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front.  They shall also have a lamp mounted on the rear that will emit either a flashing or steady red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear.

Motorists that witness hazardous situations are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the Louisiana State Police. 

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