BEAUREGARD PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A DeRidder man was killed Wednesday after being ejected from a pickup truck in a two-vehicle crash, according to a news release from Louisiana State Police, Troop D.
Troopers said it happened shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday on La. 26 east of U.S. 171.
A woman was also injured.
Troopers said the preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Chevrolet truck, driven by 27-year-old Brian Lavelle Martin, of DeRidder, was traveling west on La. 26 when the vehicle he was driving reportedly crossed the center line and traveled into the path of an eastbound 2010 Toyota RAV4, driven by 67-year-old Doksun Kim O'Connor, also of DeRidder.
Troopers said the front end of the Chevrolet struck the driver's door of the Toyota. The Chevrolet then overturned several times.
Troopers said Martin, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.
O'Connor, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries.
Troopers said impairment on the part of Martin is suspected to be a factor in the crash.
A toxicology sample was obtained from the drivers and will be submitted for analysis.
The crash remains under investigation.