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Unrestrained Driver Killed In Franklin Parish

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FRANKLIN PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News/LSP) - State Police report a fatal single-vehicle crash south of Delhi, just over the Franklin Parish line.

Early Saturday morning, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash on Louisiana Highway 132 at Louisiana Highway 17.

An investigation revealed that a 2009 Chevrolet Corvette, driven by 47-year-old Randal Jinks of Delhi, was traveling east on Louisiana Highway 132 when for an unknown reason it failed to stop at a stop sign. The Corvette then crossed Louisiana Highway 17, drove into a ditch and struck a dirt embankment.

Jinks was not wearing his seat belt and suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Jinks was pronounced dead on the scene by the Franklin Parish Coroner’s Office.

Impairment is unknown. A toxicology sample was taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Jinks was the tenth unrestrained person to die in a crash investigated by Troop F this year.

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 21 fatal crashes which have resulted in 21 deaths so far this year.

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