ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. – Two pedestrians crossing I-12 at 3:30 a.m. on Friday were killed after being struck by a car, according to Troop A of the Louisiana State Police.
Jeremy Tolden, 22, of Slidell and Crystal Hall, 22, of Mandeville were attempting to cross the eastbound lanes when driver Tyler Bier, 29, caught sight of them, according to the police.
Bier, who was driving a 2004 Nissan Altima, veered left to avoid impact, but it was too late, police said.
Tolden and Hall were pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office. Blood tests are pending to determine alcohol use.
Bier voluntarily submitted to a breath sample that showed he had no detectable alcohol in his system, police said. Both of his passengers were properly restrained and uninjured.
While nearly 70 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur at night, Louisiana law prohibits pedestrians from walking upon any interstate highway regardless of lighting and road conditions. Additional pedestrian safety information may be found online at www.walkinginfo.org.
The accident closed down eastbound I-12 between LA-434 in Lacombe and Airport Road in Slidell until around 6:15 a.m.