Girl dies trying to cross U.S. 190 Monday

A 7-year-old girl died Monday when she was struck by two vehicles as she attempted to cross U.S. 190 outside of Lawtell, Louisiana State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons said.

Kendessa Castile attempted to cross the westbound lanes of the highway at 7:18 p.m. when she was struck by a Ford truck driven by Vincent Fruge, 67, of Eunice, and then by a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Ryan Godeaux, 22, of Eunice, who was traveling behind Fruge, Hammons said in a news release.

The crash occurred east of La. 752 between Lawtell and Eunice. The girl lived in Church Point, Hammons said.

Part of the investigation will include finding out whether she was alone and the reason she was trying to cross the road, Hammons said.

“We’re still in the preliminary stages of the investigation,” he said.

Neither Fruge nor Godeaux were injured in the crash.

Hammons said routine toxicology reports were taken and submitted to the Louisiana State Crime Lab; however, alcohol is not suspected as a factor in the crash.

“Based off our investigation, we will issue any appropriate citations,” he said. “As of right now, there have not been any issued.”