58-Year-Old Albert Legarde Killed In Pedestrian Crash
We’re always so grateful for the additional sunlight that’s present late into the evening during summer that allows us to spend time outside with friends and family well into the evening and enjoy some fresh air before it gets dark.
However, as fall arrives and winter approaches, that welcoming sunlight vanishes much earlier, which can decrease drivers’ visibility.
At around 8:45 p.m. on September 29, 58-year-old Albert Legarde was crossing Stadium Drive in Houma dressed in dark clothing. Nightfall had descended, and as he was walking across the street, a 2013 Dodge Charger was heading south on Louisiana 24 near the intersection where Legarde was crossing. Tragically, the Dodge struck Legarde, and he was killed as a result of the collision.
There were no injuries reported to the driver, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident.
Substance abuse and the presence of alcohol aren’t deemed to be factors for the driver, though the information regarding Legarde’s condition hasn’t yet been verified at this time.
The Louisiana State Police’s release of the unfortunate news of Legarde’s passing included a reminder to all pedestrians traversing the town at night.
“Pedestrians should always make themselves visible to drivers by wearing bright or light-colored clothing and reflective materials. If pedestrians walk at night, they should carry a flashlight for added safety.” Via Houmatoday.com
While a flashlight would be helpful to help illuminate a person’s presence, the light emanating from a cell phone could also help indicate the existence of a pedestrian crossing a street.
This is certainly a somber bit of news to close the month of September with, and the professionals at the Johnson Firm express their condolences to Legarde’s family and friends. In the event you or someone you know is negatively impacted by a motor vehicle accident, please call us at (337) 433-1414.