Louisiana State Police Troopers have released additional information into the crash that claimed the life of Sherell Lewis Jr.

The following is from the Louisiana State Police:

The investigation shows that Mr. Lewis Jr. had parked his vehicle on the shoulder in order to remove debris from the roadway.  Mr. Lewis and another pedestrian were attempting to remove wood building material from the right lane of US Hwy 171 southbound.

Mr. Lewis Jr. and the other pedestrian began relocating the wood to the grass median that separates the highway as the 2003 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Matthew M. Martin, approached.  Mr. Lewis Jr. and the additional pedestrian were in the roadway removing the debris when the crash occurred. 

Troopers have identified two independent witnesses, in addition to the pedestrian with Mr. Lewis Jr., and have obtained statements from all.

The crash remains active and ongoing.

With regards to the insensitive comment posted to social media that occurred after the crash, we defer to the statement made by Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.