Shortly before 8:00 p.m. December 7th, Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a one vehicle crash on LA 480, eight miles south of US 84 that claimed the life of a Coushatta man.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Ford F-150 truck driven by 40-year-old Felton Washington of Coushatta was traveling east on LA 480 when, for reasons still under investigation, Washington ran off the road causing the vehicle to roll over and strike a large group of trees.
Washington was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected during the crash. He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Red River Parish Coroner’s Office.
It is suspected that alcohol and speed are contributing factors in this crash. A toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants of a motor vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, following posted speed limits and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.
In 2017, Troop G has investigated 23 crashes resulting in 26 deaths.