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Pedestrian Killed in Single-Vehicle Bienville Parish Crash

by Minden Press-Herald

Ringgold – On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, shortly before 10:00 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash involving a pedestrian on U.S. Hwy 371 just south of Ringgold. This crash claimed the life of 76-year-old Major Love of Ringgold.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2014 Ford Fusion was traveling north on U.S. Hwy 371. At the same time, Love, who was walking in the northbound lane, was struck by the Fusion.

Love was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Bienville Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the Fusion was not injured. Impairment on part of Love is suspected. Routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Pedestrians and motorists are urged to remain vigilant while on roadways and pay close attention to their surroundings. Crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following some basic safety guidelines. Pedestrians should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and should avoid walking on the roadway in dark areas. Pedestrians must assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night. Pedestrians should cross roadways in well-lit, designated areas and should always walk facing traffic. These simple steps can enhance safety for pedestrians.

In 2024, Troop G has investigated five fatal crashes, resulting in six deaths.

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