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Parish worker killed in Vinton traffic accident

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office authorities say a Police Jury employee died Thursday morning in a traffic accident.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said killed was 51-year-old Kent R. Laughlin, of Vinton, a Public Works operator employed by the parish for nearly two decades.

Myers said it happened in the 2700 block of Garrie Cutoff Road in Vinton around 10 a.m.

Myers said Laughlin was performing maintenance on the roadway when he was struck by an SUV traveling eastbound. 

Laughlin was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office. 

Myers said the driver of the SUV was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

The accident is under investigation.

Myers said impairment does not appear to be a factor, however, as mandated by state law in all traffic fatalities, a toxicology report will be performed on the SUV driver.

Bryan C. Beam, Police Jury administrator, released the following statement on Thursday regarding Laughlin's death:

"The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury family is greatly saddened by the loss of Mr. Kent Laughlin, who passed away following a traffic accident earlier today. Mr. Laughlin was an employee in our Public Works Department for nearly 20 years. Our thoughts and prayers of comfort are with Mr. Laughlin's family and friends during this most difficult time."

The Sheriff's Office is asking that the man and woman who stopped to render assistance immediately after the accident to call Sgt. Chris Ramos at 491-7926.

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