LSP: Officer killed in wreck wasn't wearing seatbelt

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Posted: Aug 10, 2011 10:44 AM by Russell Jones
Source: Louisiana State Police

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ALBANY - Authorities are investigating a three-vehicle crash in Livingston Parish that killed a Department of Public Safety officer.

State Police said Corporal John Kendall, 64, of Baton Rouge was driving his DPS unit east on I-12 when he ran off the road, crossed the median and entered oncoming traffic. Investigators said he hit a large pickup, which then hit an 18-wheeler.

Kendall, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the cruiser and died. The driver of the pickup had minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

Cpl. Kendall was a retired LSP Sergeant and had served with the DPS Capital Detail since 2003.

"This man was a great law enforcement officer and he dedicated his life to the service of the citizens of Louisiana," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "He was a wonderful example of the integrity and honor that this badge stands for. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him."

State Police said this is the third fatal crash in less than a week where the victim was not wearing a seatbelt.

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