DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a man was killed after he was hit by a truck while he was walking on a Louisiana highway.
Louisiana State Police identified the victim as Jason Taylor, 46, of Greenwell Springs.
Troopers reported the crash happened on LA 16 south of Lockhart Road near Denham Springs around 4 a.m.
Tpr. Bryan Lee said the preliminary investigation showed Taylor was walking in the middle of the highway and was wearing dark clothing.
He added the driver of a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup tried to swerve around Taylor, but could not avoid hitting him.
Investigators said Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office.
They added impairment is not suspected as a factor in the crash, but per protocol for deadly crashes on Louisiana highways, blood samples were taken from Taylor and the driver and were sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.