Walker man dies in crash, alcohol suspected and no seat belt
BATON ROUGE - A dramatic single-vehicle crash in Livingston Saturday evening has claimed the life of a Walker man.
Troopers say Louis Smith III, 36, was driving a 2002 Ford Mustang east on LA 1019 when the road came to a right-hand curve.
The car continued to the right, ran off the roadway, and went into a ditch. The car struck a culvert, overturned, struck a tree, and landed on its roof.
Troopers say Smith was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.
Troopers think alcohol played a factor in the crash and have submitted a sample of Smith's blood for analysis.
This crash remains under investigation.
Impaired driving and lack of seat belt use continue to be common parts of fatal crashes throughout the state.