Man killed in crash on US 171 at Shirley Loop identified

Man killed in crash on US 171 at Shirley Loop identified
State police have confirmed that Emmery Lawrence Drew of DeRidder died in a fatal accident on US 171 in Beauregard. (Source: Google Maps)

BEAUREGARD PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A DeRidder man has died in a two-vehicle crash, according to Sgt. James Anderson of Louisiana State Police.

Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a crash on US Highway 171 at Shirley Loop in Beauregard at 8:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Emmery Lawrence Drew, 43, died as a result of his injuries sustained in the crash.

"The preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Ford Taurus driven by Brandy Williams of DeRidder was traveling south on US 171 before turning left into the path of a northbound 2014 Nissan Cube driven by Nina Schmidt of DeRidder," according to Anderson. "The vehicles collided causing the Taurus to travel off the roadway and strike a tree."

Drew was in the front passenger seat and was not wearing a seatbelt.

"Louisiana state law requires vehicle occupants to be properly restrained in all seating positions, day or night," says Anderson. "In the event of a crash, the choice not to wear a seat belt can have deadly consequences.  Motorists are encouraged to make the smart choice and to always wear a seatbelt."

Anderson says routine toxicology samples were obtained from the drivers and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

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