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Lake Charles woman dies after being hit by a vehicle on McNeese Street

Last Modified: Sunday, November 18, 2012 10:16 PM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

A Lake Charles woman died Saturday after being struck by a vehicle on McNeese Street, according to the Lake Charles Police Department spokesman.

The pedestrian was identified as 53-year-old Deborah Bergeron.

At 9:34 p.m. Saturday, a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling westbound on McNeese Street. 

“As it slowed and entered the middle turn lane to make a left turn onto South Park, it collided with (Bergeron) who was walking east in the turn lane,” LCPD spokesman Mark Kraus said in a news release. 

The vehicle was driven by Ronnie Desormeaux, of Lake Charles. 

Desormeaux, 62, advised that he did not see the pedestrian until the last second, Kraus said. 

Two police officers, Cpl. Robert Janice and Officer Raoul Ceasar were headed east on McNeese Street and saw the female in the middle of the turn lane. 

“Both officers advised that they, too, did not see her until they were right beside her,” Kraus said in the news release. “Officers advised that they just passed her and were turning around to go get her out of the roadway when the vehicle collided with her.”

Acadian Ambulance was notified and arrived on the scene, but Bergeron had already succumbed to her injuries. 

“The driver was escorted to Memorial Hospital where he voluntarily submitted to a blood alcohol test,” Kraus said. “The coroner’s office transported the victim, where toxicology testing will be performed.”  

Kraus also said there was no indication that alcohol was present on the driver of the vehicle. 

“At this time the vehicle was not found to be in violation and no citations were issued,” Kraus said in the news release.

Posted By: Mercedes Cretchen and family On: 11/19/2012


To the family of Debra Bergeron from our family to yours we send our condolences we will be praing for you.

Posted By: Connie Offord-Hall On: 11/19/2012


Rip Debra you will be missed

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