A Bastrop, Louisiana man has come forward, telling authorities that his vehicle was the one Louisiana State Police sought in connrection with a pedestrian death last Saturday.
Troopers were contacted by Joe Fudge, 63, of Bastrop. Troopers determined that Fudge was traveling behind a Toyota Avalon in a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban. Fudge’s vehicle was the second vehicle to strike the pedestrian. Fudge was not found at fault but was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
The pedestrian was stuck and killed in Morehead Parish, Louisiana.
At 10:13 p.m., troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on U.S. 165 south of Louisiana Highway 592.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2010 Toyota Avalon driven by Jessica Blackman, 58, of Bastrop was traveling north on U.S. 165 when the vehicle she was driving struck a pedestrian who was standing on the left lane of travel.
The pedestrian, Billy Smith, 51, of Bastrop, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Morehouse Parish Coroner’s Office.
Blackman was wearing a seat belt and did not report any injuries.