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August 2, 2021

Baton Rouge Parish, LA – UPDATE: David Copening Killed in Pedestrian Crash on Hwy 946

August 2, 2021

Baton Rouge Parish, LA (July 14, 2021) – Officers have released further details after one man was killed in a pedestrian accident that occurred on July 8.

Troopers with the Louisiana State Police Department said that, after a continued investigation into the fatal hit-and-run wreck, they’ve arrested 47-year-old Shawn Andre of Baton Rouge. After conducting a thorough review of all of the evidence, Troopers were able to determine that Andre was the driver of the vehicle that struck the victim.

Officials say that the incident occurred around 2:00 a.m. on state Highway 946, also known as Joor Road, at the intersection of Mickens Road in East Baton Rouge Parish. The crash resulted in the death of 41-year-old David Copening of Baton Rouge. As Copening was walking southbound on Highway 946, he was struck by an unknown driver, who then fled the crash scene. The driver, who has now been identified as Shawn Andre, did not render aid to Copening.

Copening suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The investigation into the crash is still ongoing and is being conducted by Louisiana State Police Troop A.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. David Copening, at this time.

Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Louisiana

Baton Rouge Parish, LA - UPDATE: David Copening Killed in Pedestrian Crash on Hwy 946As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian injury occurs once every 9 minutes, and a pedestrian is fatally struck once every two hours somewhere in the United States. Almost 5,000 pedestrians died as a result of car accidents in 2014. In that same year, 15% of all vehicular deaths were pedestrian fatalities.

When a victim is harmed in a motor vehicle crash because of the negligence of another or a victim even loses their life as a result of one of these tragic incidents, it is important that they or their family solicit reliable legal advice from an experienced car crash attorney in Louisiana right away. Victims typically discover that they have a wide variety of legal alternatives available to them as they seek financial recovery.

Thankfully, the compassionate Louisiana pedestrian accident attorneys at Smiley Law Firm have decades of experience in helping our clients and their families hold negligent drivers responsible. Furthermore, our attorneys are available to guide you through the legal process and endeavor to provide up-to-date and effective legal guidance. 

Our Louisiana personal injury attorneys do what it takes to get our clients the maximum amount of financial compensation allowed by law. If you sustained an injury during a car accident, contact our personal injury law firm at 504-688-3494 or 504-822-2222. Schedule a free case examination with a member of our legal team of automobile accident attorneys in Louisiana as soon as possible. At Smiley Injury Law, we will stop at nothing to ensure that you and your family recover after your ordeal. We believe that you and yours should never have to pay out of pocket after a wreck that’s occurred due to the negligence of another driver. Please reach out to us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the legal options available to you in your time of need.

Note: These posts are constructed with the use of secondary sources. These sources include but are not limited to local and state news stories, local and state police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about injury accidents that take place in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana. We did not independently verify the fact surrounding this accident. If you locate any information that is inaccurate, please contact our firm and we will correct the post to reflect the most accurate information available. We will also remove this post upon request.

Disclaimer: These posts are created to raise awareness about the dangers of driving in Louisiana. We hope that by casting light on serious accidents like this one, other drivers will take heed, and avoid being seriously injured in a similar accident. This post is not a solicitation for business. The information contained in this post is not intended to be legal or medical advice. The photo used in this post was not taken at the accident scene.

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