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.