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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Wreck claims one life

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  • A Bastrop woman suffered fatal injuries Tuesday morning when the car she was driving struck a culvert on Grabault Road east of La. 138. Latoyia Neal, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Morehouse Parish Coroner's Office following the crash in which Louisiana State Police troopers determined Neal, who was not wearing her seat belt, lost control of a 2007 Pontiac G6 and drove off the right side of the road. Trying to regain control, Neal overcorrected. The vehicle then traveled back across both lanes of travel before driving off the left side of the road where it struck a culvert. Impairment is not suspected. A toxicology sample was taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation. In the 12 parishes covered by Troop F, this year there have been 43 fatal crashes, resulting in 51 deaths so far this year. Seven of those crashes and seven fatalities have occurred in Morehouse Parish. Troop F public information officer Albert Paxton said the number of major highways – US 165, US 425 and Louisiana 2 – are likely a factor in the number of fatalities occurring in the parish. Paxton said LSP wants to remind motorists of the importance of seatbelt use. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, must wear a seat belt. Statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
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