Texas man struck by vehicle, killed in Louisiana
STARKS — A man from Texas is dead after being struck by a vehicle overnight while walking on Louisiana Highway 12 in the community of Starks.
On December 10, 2017, at 2:30 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on LA 12 near Old River Road about 4 ½ miles east of the Texas state line. The initial investigation revealed a male, later identified as 60-year-old Saul Zamarripa Ramirez of Ennis, Texas, was struck by a 2006 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck as he walked in the westbound lane of travel. Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office.
The driver of the pickup, Lee Kerr, Jr. of Nederland, Texas, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Kerr voluntarily submitted to a breath test showing no alcohol in his system and he showed no signs of impairment.
Impairment on the part of Ramirez is currently unknown. A toxicology sample was obtained from Ramirez for analysis and the crash remains under investigation.
At the time of the crash, Ramirez was wearing dark colored clothing while walking in the lane of travel. A majority of pedestrian fatalities, nearly 70 percent, occur at night. Pedestrians are encouraged to walk facing traffic, use a sidewalk or highway shoulder when available, wear light colored clothing with reflective materials, and to carry a flashlight at night. Additional pedestrian safety information may be found online at www.walkinginfo.org.
Troop D has investigated 25 fatal crashes resulting in 34 deaths so far this year. This is the fifth pedestrian to die in a crash investigated by Troop D in Calcasieu Parish this year.