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Hammond, La. - A 27-year-old Ponchatoula
woman was killed Saturday morning as she walked across
the westbound lanes of Interstate 12.
Crystal Joiner was struck at about 9 a.m. approximately
two miles west of the LA 445 / Robert exit in Tangipahoa Parish.
Just before the accident Joiner
and her boyfriend, 46-year-old Tod Reddicks, were driving east on Interstate 12
when the couple became involved in an argument. As Reddicks brought the
car to a stop on the eastbound shoulder, Joiner exited, crossed both the
eastbound and westbound lanes of I-12, and began walking along the westbound
shoulder. Reddicks followed her across the interstate, and the two continued
walking along the westbound shoulder when Joiner abruptly walked into the
travel lane directly into the path of a westbound 2003 Chevrolet Tracker.
Joiner was pronounced dead
at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office and is suspected of
being impaired at the time of the crash. Toxicology results are pending.
The driver of the Chevrolet
Tracker, 60-year-old Ethel LeBlanc, of Bogalusa, was properly restrained and
received no injuries in the crash. No charges are expected to be filed.
Troopers urge both motorists
and pedestrians to remain vigilant while on area roadways and to pay close
attention to their surroundings. Louisiana State Law prohibits
pedestrians on interstate shoulders.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:07 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:07:52 GMT
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