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Sunday, March 24, 2019

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Pedestrian killed crossing highway in Golden Meadow

Pedestrian killed crossing highway in Golden Meadow

Golden Meadow – Shortly after 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop C began investigating a fatality crash involving a pedestrian on LA 1 south of LA 3235.

The crash took the life of 46-year old Valerie Callais of Galliano.

The initial investigation revealed that Lance Fillinich, age 46, of Golden Meadow, was traveling southbound on LA 1 in a 2009 Dodge Ram pickup. Callais was on the northbound shoulder of LA 1 when she began to cross the highway. Fillinich was approaching and struck Callais in the southbound lane of LA 1.

Callais was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased a short time after arrival.
Fillinich, who was properly restrained during the crash, was not injured.

Drug and alcohol use is unknown on the part of Callais, but standard toxicology tests are pending. Fillinich submitted a breath sample which resulted in no alcohol detected.

Although the majority of pedestrian fatalities occur at night, pedestrians are encouraged to walk facing traffic, wear light color clothing, wear reflective materials, and carry a flashlight at night.

Pedestrians are also encouraged to scan several times to the left and right before crossing a highway. Additional pedestrian safety can be found online at