Paninski was traveling in the right hand lane, and changed into the left hand lane to pass another vehicle. Upon moving into the left hand lane, the Ford struck Carcisse who was standing in the left southbound lane of travel.

Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on October 28, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on US Highway 61 north of LA Highway 73 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 28-year-old Roland J. Carcisse Jr. of Geismar.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 24-year-old Samantha Paninski of Gonzales driving southbound on US Highway 61 in a 2009 Ford Focus. Paninski was traveling in the right hand lane, and changed into the left hand lane to pass another vehicle. Upon moving into the left hand lane, the Ford struck Carcisse who was standing in the left southbound lane of travel.

Carcisse was transported from the scene to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge where he succumbed to injuries received in the crash. Paninski was properly restrained and was uninjured. Impairment on her part was not a factor in the crash. Carcisse was wearing dark-colored clothing at the time of the crash.

Troopers urge pedestrians to pay close attention to their surroundings while on the roadway. Pedestrians are urged to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near the road. Simple precautions such as wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, and walking a safe distance from travel lanes while facing oncoming traffic could help prevent many pedestrian related crashes.

Contributed by La. State Police