A single vehicle crash killed a pedestrian from Leesville earlier yesterday.

Editor's Note: The following information comes directly from a Louisiana State Police press release issued at 11:40 p.m., Tuesday, May 29. The Leesville Daily Leader will continue to investigate this incident. 

Troopers responded to the crash around 3:15 p.m., which occurred on US Hwy 171, north of Pickering.

The crash involved a 2003 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Matthew M. Martin, 18, of Hineston, Louisiana, and a pedestrian, identified as Sherell L. Lewis, Jr., 31, of Leesville.

Prior to the crash, Lewis had stopped his vehicle on the southbound shoulder of US Hwy 171, in an attempt to remove debris in the roadway. While he was in the roadway, the Chevrolet collided with him. 

Lewis was transported to Byrd Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Martin was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.

Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

Motorists that witness hazardous road conditions and/or reckless drivers are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the nearest Louisiana State Police Troop headquarters.

In 2018, Troop E has investigated 16 fatal crashes resulting in 16 deaths.