Yesterday at approximately 1:30 am, Troopers from State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on the I-10 westbound entrance ramp from US 190/Gause Blvd. in St. Tammany. The crash claimed the life of 31-year-old Chad Hart of Covington. The crash occurred as Hart was walking westbound in the middle of the entrance ramp, when he was struck by a 2004 Ford Expedition. The Expedition was driven by 42-year-old Shane Crawford of Slidell. Hart was transported to an area hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. As part of the investigation, blood samples were collected for scientific analysis. Crawford was properly restrained and was uninjured in the crash but when Crawford provided Troopers with a breath sample he registered over the legal limit. Crawford was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for Vehicular Homicide.
The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time.