Two Shreveport friends encountered one of the many dangers of driving on the highway this past week. The unluckier of the two friends died in a horrific fatality while the other watched on as it occurred, helpless to save his friend.
The accident happened around 5:30 p.m., the two were traveling westbound on I-20 when their 1996 Ford Escort experienced mechanical trouble. They were unable to drive to the breakdown lane. Because of this, the vehicle was blocking the right lane of the busy highway.
At this point, the two friends had two choices. They could either remain in their vehicle, with the hazard lights on, in an extremely vulnerable position, or exit the vehicle and attempt to push the vehicle off of the road. The latter choice was more attractive to the friends and they exited the vehicle.
While outside the vehicle, one of the friends, a 34-year-old woman was struck and fatally injured by a 25-year-old male driving a 2010 Dodge Ram pickup truck. Her friend was standing on the shoulder of the highway at the time of the crash and watched as the passing motorist struck down his friend.
A Louisiana state trooper responded to the accident in Webster Parish. The 34-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The state trooper tested the truck driver for drugs and alcohol and the results of those tests are pending.
The crash will undergo a thorough investigation to determine the speed that the truck driver was going, road conditions, maintenance of the truck itself and whether the truck driver was at fault.
Source: The Shreveport Times, "Shreveport woman killed in accident," 3 Jan 2011