Unrestrained, impaired driver killed in DeSoto Parish

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:45am

On September 11, 2013, at 10:55 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 175 south of Louisiana Highway 3015.

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck, driven by John Washington, 27, of Grand Cane, was traveling north on Louisiana Highway 175 when it entered a curve to the left, drove off the right side of the road into a ditch and began to rotate counterclockwise. The truck then struck a downed rotted tree and began to roll.

Washington was not properly restrained and was ejected from the truck. Washington suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the DeSoto Parish Coroner’s Office.

Alcohol use is suspected. A toxicology sample was taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives. Sadly, one in five Americans fail to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.

Many people are seriously injured or killed each year due to impaired driving. It is important to never get behind the wheel if you are impaired or to get in a vehicle with a driver who is impaired. This decision can prevent injury or death to yourself or others. Report impaired drivers by dialing *LSP (*577) from your cellular phone to reach the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location or dial 911 to contact local law enforcement.


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