A Deville, La., woman was stuck and killed around 10 p.m. Sunday (March 24) in St. Charles Parish.
Kelsi Montelle-Girlinghouse, 28, was crossing U.S. Highway 90 near Ruth Street when she was apparently hit by the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Diana Major, 59, of Raceland, La., according to Louisiana State Police Troop B.
Montelle-Girlinghouse was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
State Police say Major was properly restrained and not injured. A voluntary blood sample was taken from Major and will be processed by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. A toxicology test will be performed on Girlinghouse following an autopsy and impairment is suspected.
Pedestrians and motorists alike are urged to remain vigilant while on area roadways and pay close attention to their surroundings. Crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following some basic safety guidelines. Pedestrians should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and should always avoid walking on the roadway in dark areas.
Pedestrians must also assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night. Crossing roadways only in well-lit, designated areas and always walking facing traffic will enhance the safety for pedestrians.