IOWA, La. (KPLC) - A pedestrian walking in the middle of the road was struck and killed Sunday night, authorities said.
Marcus K. Mallet, 37, of Iowa, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Mallet’s family says he was out walking his dog at the time he was struck. They said he was crossing the road after speaking with a neighbor.
“He was such a strong yet gentle man who will forever be in our hearts,” his family said.
The accident happened around 8 p.m. near the area of Manchester and McCown roads.
Myers said the fatality is still under investigation and, in accordance with state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both the driver and Mallet.
Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigator.