Louisiana Man Dies After Being Struck on I-10 Trying to Retrieve Belongings from The Roadway

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Published June 14, 2022

Louisiana Man Dies After Being Struck on I-10 Trying to Retrieve Belongings from The Roadway

Louisiana – On June 14, 2022, Louisiana State Police reported that on June 4, 2022, shortly after 9:00 a.m., Troopers with LSP Troop A began investigating a single-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on Interstate 10 near Highland Road in East Baton Rouge Parish. Nelson Nunez, 75, of Prairieville, Louisiana, was killed in the crash. Nunez was driving a 2011 Kia Optima when his roof rack broke and his belongings fell into the lane of travel, according to the preliminary investigation. Nunez attempted to retrieve his items from the road. At the same time, a 2023 Freightliner Tractor was driving westbound on Interstate 10. Nunez entered the roadway in front of the Freightliner Tractor for unknown reasons and was struck.

Nunez, who suffered serious injuries in the crash, was taken to a nearby hospital. The Freightliner Tractor driver was properly restrained and did not sustain any injuries. A toxicology sample was collected from the Freightliner driver and submitted for analysis. This crash is still being investigated.

The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office notified Troop A on June 13, 2022, shortly after 4:00 p.m., that Nunez had died as a result of his injuries sustained in the crash.

Louisiana State Troopers advise pedestrians to keep a high level of awareness while walking near the road. Simple precautions like wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, and walking a safe distance away from travel lanes while facing oncoming traffic could help prevent many pedestrian-related accidents. Troopers would also like to remind motorists that making wise decisions, such as never driving while impaired and ensuring all occupants are properly restrained, can often be the difference between preventing and surviving serious crashes.