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Sherwood Forest Boulevard Pedestrian Accident Investigation Unfolds


On the afternoon of June 9, 2024, tragedy struck on Sherwood Forest Boulevard, leaving one pedestrian critically injured after a collision with a motor vehicle.

Initial reports indicate that the incident occurred around 3:45 pm near Goodwood Boulevard. A pedestrian, later identified as 53-year-old Mary Smith, was crossing the road when she was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound.

According to witnesses, the vehicle involved in the accident was a dark-colored SUV. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with authorities.

Emergency responders, including the Baton Rouge Police Department and EMS, arrived promptly on the scene. Ms. Smith sustained severe injuries and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Investigators from the Baton Rouge Police Department's Traffic Division are conducting a thorough investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. Preliminary findings suggest that speed and inattention may have played a role.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident has not been identified or charged at this time. However, police are conducting interviews and reviewing evidence to determine if any criminal charges are warranted.

The intersection of Sherwood Forest Boulevard and Goodwood Boulevard has been the site of several pedestrian accidents in recent years. The city is working to improve safety measures at the intersection, including installing additional crosswalks and pedestrian signals.

The Sherwood Forest Boulevard pedestrian accident highlights the importance of pedestrian safety and the need for both drivers and pedestrians to exercise caution when crossing busy roadways.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Always cross at designated crosswalks or intersections.
  • Obey traffic signals and look both ways before crossing.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and potential hazards.
  • Avoid crossing while distracted by electronic devices or other activities.

Driver Safety Tips

  • Obey the speed limit and drive at a reasonable speed for the conditions.
  • Pay attention to the road and your surroundings.
  • Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Be prepared for pedestrians to cross the road at any time.

Investigation Continues

The Baton Rouge Police Department continues to investigate the Sherwood Forest Boulevard pedestrian accident. Investigators are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact the Traffic Division at (225) 389-3830.

The thoughts and prayers of the community are with Ms. Smith and her family during this difficult time.

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