AVOYELLES, La. (WNTZ) – On November 28, 2021, shortly after 7:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 107 north of Cottonport. This crash killed 34-year-old Cartez D. James of Marksville.

The initial investigation revealed James was walking in the roadway when he was struck by a northbound 2015 Chevrolet Silverado. James sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

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Pedestrians should always make themselves visible to drivers by wearing bright/light-colored clothing and reflective materials. Pedestrians should always walk on a sidewalk, but if no sidewalk is available, they should walk as close to the roadway edge and face traffic. If pedestrians walk at night, they should carry a flashlight for added safety.

In 2021, Troop E Troopers have investigated 55 fatal crashes resulting in 57 fatalities.