Denham Springs woman struck, killed north of Walker

Updated at

6:45 a.m.

WALKER — State police have identified the pedestrian who died Tuesday after being struck by a SUV north of Walker as 30-year-old Tara M. Messina, of Denham Springs.

Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer said Messina, who was dressed in dark clothing, was walking northbound along La. 447 around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, when for unknown reasons she stepped in front of a northbound 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 61-year-old Alice Devall, of Walker. Devall was unable to avoid striking the Messina, but was not ticketed, Sandifer said.