A Kentucky man was killed Friday night in Walker after he was struck by a pickup truck while crossing Florida Boulevard at North Corbin Road, Walker police said Sunday.
Harold Eggleston, 61, parked his 18-wheeler in the center lane of Florida Boulevard about 7:40 p.m., stepped down from his truck and yelled across the street to two men at a business. Eggleston wanted to know if he could ask the men a question, said Capt. John Sharp, a Walker police spokesman.
The men gave their approval, so Eggleston climbed back into the truck’s cab and fetched a note pad. When he stepped back down and started to cross the street toward the men, a pickup truck headed westbound struck Eggleston, killing him instantly, Sharp said.
The driver of the pickup truck, 24-year-old Claude Benoit, of Denham Springs, told police that Eggleston unexpectedly started to cross the road and that striking him was unavoidable, Sharp said.
“Based on witness statements and physical evidence, it appears that the accident was unavoidable,” Sharp said.
Eggleston was pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office.
Police obtained a blood sample from Benoit after the crash; however, there is no indication that Benoit was impaired at the time of the crash, Sharp said.
No charges are expected to be filed as a result of the crash, Sharp said.