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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Leesville man killed in crash on Jean Chapel Rd.

  • At approximately 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, Louisiana State Police troopers responded to a one-vehicle accident on Jean Chapel Rd., involving a pickup driven by Ricky B. Stephens, 44, of Leesville.
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  • A single vehicle crash Thursday night claimed the life of a Leesville man.
    At approximately 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, Louisiana State Police troopers responded to a one-vehicle accident on Jean Chapel Rd., involving a pickup driven by Ricky B. Stephens, 44, of Leesville.
    The 2003 Dodge truck was eastbound on Jean Chapel Rd. when Stephens lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. According to a report from the Louisiana State Police, Stephens then over-corrected his vehicle and re-entered Jean Chapel Rd. before exiting the left side. His truck impacted a piece of landscaping timber, overturned and collided with a tree.
    Stephens was wearing his seatbelt, but was pronounced dead. Routine toxicology tests are pending and the crash remains under investigation.
    Statistics released by the LSP suggests that while not all crashes are survivable, seatbelts can greatly decrease the occupant's chance of death and will greatly reduce the extent of injury.
    Troop E troopers have investigated 51 fatal crashes in 2013, resulting in 53 fatalities.
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