Victim in Lake Charles pickup truck crash identified

By David Bray - email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) –  The driver of a pickup lost control on LA 385 (Common Street) Tuesday night and rolled over, killing him.

State Police say 21-year-old Matthew Shane Hank of Lake Charles lost control making a left hand turn from a parking lot, hit a curb and rolled over several times. Hank was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was rushed to a hospital where he died.

A passenger in the truck was also injured, suffering what are described as minor injuries.

A routine toxicology sample was obtained from Hank and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers say last year, sixty-five percent of vehicle occupants killed in a crash were not properly restrained.

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