On Saturday, December 31, 2022, just before 2:00 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 177 at LA Hwy 510. This crash claimed the life of 95-year-old Walter Johnson.
The initial investigation revealed that a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe, driven by Johnson stopped on LA Hwy 510, waiting to make a left turn onto LA Hwy 177. At the same time, 2013 Western Star tractor-trailer was traveling south on LA Hwy 177. Johnson failed to yield and was struck by the Western Star. This impact caused the Hyundai to exit the roadway and travel into the ditch.
Johnson was restrained but suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the DeSoto Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the Western Star was also restrained and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
In 2022, Troop G has investigated 35 fatal crashes, resulting in 38 deaths.