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Ponchatoula woman struck, killed while walking along I-12


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.


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