Troopers: Woman dies after stepping in front of SUV

WALKER, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a woman was killed when she stepped onto a Louisiana highway and was hit by a vehicle Tuesday evening.

Louisiana State Police has identified the woman as Tara Messina, 30, of Denham Springs. Troopers released the name Wednesday around 6:30 a.m. They said her next of kin had been notified.

LSP said the accident happened on Walker Road North (LA 447) north of Arnold Road (LA 1025) near Judson Baptist Church in Walker a little before 6 p.m.

Troopers reported their initial investigation showed a woman wearing dark clothing was walking along Walker Road North when she stepped into the northbound lane.

According to investigators, that happened just as an SUV was headed northbound on the roadway and the driver was unable to stop or swerve around the pedestrian.

The driver was not cited.

Troopers said they worked with the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office to possitively identify the victim.

Walker Road North was closed between Cane Market Road and Arnold Road for several hours after the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

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