Lake Arthur man charged following deadly crash

Lake Arthur man charged following deadly crash

JEFF DAVIS PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Arthur man was arrested following a crash that resulted in the death of an unrestrained passenger early Saturday morning, state police said.

Sgt. James Anderson with the Louisiana State Police Troop D said around 12:38 a.m. a single-vehicle crash occurred on Broadmore Road and Trailer Town Road a short distance north of Lake Arthur in Jeff Davis Parish. The initial investigation revealed a 2004 Toyota pickup truck was traveling north on Broadmore Road when the driver, 29-year-old Robert Leleux II of Lake Arthur lost control of the vehicle and over-corrected causing the vehicle to flip.

Leleux received moderate injuries and was treated at an area hospital. One of the passengers, 26-year-old Brandon J. Whitlow of Lake Arthur was unrestrained at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jeff Davis Parish Coroner's Office. A third passenger received minor injuries.

Impairment and excessive speed are suspected factors in the crash. Leleux was booked into the Jeff Davis Parish Jail on charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring, DWI, careless operation and failure to wear a seat belt, according to Anderson.

"Last night, Troop D arrested 8 people in our area for DWI including 6 at a DWI checkpoint in Calcasieu Parish.  We will continue to work hard to remove impaired drivers from our roadways but ask individuals to help by doing whatever they can to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Friends don't let friends drive drunk," state police said in a news release.

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