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Unrestrained driver killed in Morehouse Parish

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MOREHOUSE PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - On March 31, 2014, at 11:15 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 139 north of Louisiana Highway 554 in Morehouse Parish.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2012 Kia Soul, driven by 63-year-old Patricia Porter of Bastrop, was traveling south on Louisiana Highway 139 when a Morehouse Parish Sheriff's deputy observed it traveling at a high rate of speed. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop but was unsuccessful. The Kia continued traveling south on Louisiana Highway 139 before it traveled off the right side of the road as it entered a left hand curve. The Kia then struck a concrete culvert which caused it to flip over several times.

Porter was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Porter suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Morehouse Parish Coroner's Office.

Impairment on the part of Porter is unknown. A toxicology sample was taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seatbelt use. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. 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.

Troop F has investigated 7 fatal crashes which have resulted in 7 deaths so far this year.

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