Fort Polk man dies in fatal crash
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Fort Polk man died and a Fort Polk woman was seriously injured in a vehicle crash near Leesville, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, according to Louisiana State Police.
Santiago Marquez, 22, a passenger in one of the vehicles, was killed in the head-on collision, according to Master Trooper Scott Moreau, with Troop E.
State Troopers responded to to the crash on La. 8, west of Leesville, around 9:50 p.m., according to Moreau. The driver of a 2005 Ford Expedition, Omar Rendon, was traveling west on the highway when Rendon lost control and crossed the center line, colliding head-on with a 2013 Nissan Altima driven by Celeste Marquez.
Rendon received minor injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to a local hospital.
Celeste Marquez sustained serious injuries and was also transported to a local hospital. Marquez was a passenger in her vehicle.
State Police say that routine toxicology tests are pending and the crash is still under investigation.
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