Pedestrian Killed in Early Morning Crash While Walking on LA 22 in Tangipahoa Parish

By Zephyr Sullivan
Published August 16, 2023

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Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana – A pedestrian was killed in an early morning crash while walking on LA 22 in Tangipahoa Parish.

On August 15, 2023, just past 5:00 a.m., officers from Louisiana State Police Troop L started looking into a deadly incident that involved a pedestrian on LA Hwy 22, close to Rue Foret in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash resulted in the death of 30-year-old Mathew Hennick from Killian, Louisiana.

The initial inquiry indicates that the crash happened when Hennick was walking in the eastbound lane of LA Hwy 22. Simultaneously, a 2001 Ford F-350 was traveling eastbound on the same highway. Unexplained circumstances led to the Ford hitting Hennick in the middle of the eastbound lane of LA Hwy 22. After the first collision with the Ford, Hennick was subsequently hit by a 2013 Mercedes-Benz C250 and a 2017 Ram 1500 that were both also traveling eastbound on LA Hwy 22 behind the Ford.

Hennick suffered deadly injuries due to the crash and was declared dead at the spot. All the drivers in the crash were wearing seatbelts and were unharmed. In line with the continuing inquiry, toxicology tests were taken from Hennick and all drivers for evaluation.

Drivers and people on foot are encouraged to stay alert when on the roads and to pay attention to their environment. LSP indicated that many crashes involving pedestrians can be averted by adhering to some fundamental safety rules. Pedestrians are advised to dress in bright or reflective attire and to refrain from walking on the road in dimly lit places. They should act on the assumption that approaching drivers may not see them, particularly at night. Pedestrians are suggested to cross the road in brightly lit, specified zones and should consistently walk against the flow of traffic. These easy measures can greatly improve pedestrian safety.