CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - One man is dead and another has been charged with vehicular homicide after a vehicle struck a pedestrian near Lake Charles early this morning.
Just after 4 a.m. Sunday, Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on Louisiana Highway 385 south of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Mazda pickup driven by 37-year-old Marcus Devin Pettifield of Lake Arthur was traveling south on LA 385 when a pedestrian attempted to cross the highway in front of him. The pedestrian, 22-year-old Devin Lee Olmos of San Antonio, Texas, was struck by the pickup truck and was transported to a Lake Charles hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
Impairment on the part of Olmos is suspected to be a factor in this crash. Toxicology results are pending. Olmos was a soldier with the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Polk in Leesville.
Pettifield was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. A breath test indicated Pettifield was over the legal limit for alcohol. Pettifield was charged with vehicular homicide as well as driving under suspension and was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. The crash remains under investigation.
In 2013, 63 percent of people who died in crashes investigated by Troop D were killed by an impaired driver. Motorists are urged to never get behind the wheel if they are impaired. To report impaired drivers, motorists are encouraged to notify State Police by dialing *LSP (*577) from their cell phone or to contact local authorities by dialing 911.
Troop D has investigated 18 fatal crashes resulting in 19 fatalities this year.