Woman struck by car, killed on I-310
HHS graduate had exited own vehicle after hitting bridge rail
Sherrie Polly, who is from St. Charles Parish but was living in Olla, was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer south on I-310 when the vehicle drifted to the left and struck the concrete bridge rail. According to an investigation by the State Police, the Explorer was disabled after impact and came to rest across the roadway. Polly and five passengers exited the SUV and began walking on the interstate.
A short time later, a 2012 Honda Insight driven by 26-year-old Craig Schieffler, of Covington, was traveling south on I-310 when it crashed into the Explorer and hit Polly, who was standing near the SUV.
Polly was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Charles Parish Coronerís Office. Investigating troopers suspect that she was impaired at the time of the crash. The other occupants in the Ford Explorer were not injured.
Schieffler was wearing a seat belt and was transported to the River Parishes Hospital in LaPlace with moderate injuries. Impairment is not suspected and no charges are expected to be filed against him.
Toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for examination.
According to State Police, in the event your vehicle becomes disabled in the roadway you should move it out of the travel lane as quickly as possible and warn oncoming traffic by utilizing the vehicleís hazard lights, flares or other warning devices.
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