Unrestrained passenger killed in Ouachita Parish crash

A woman was sent to the hospital after a single car crash in Jackson County. (MGN Image)
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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (LSP) - Louisiana State Police is investigating a Sunday-morning accident that left one person dead.

According to a Louisiana State Police spokesman, the incident happened around 7:00am Sunday morning, when troopers began investigating a fatal crash on LA Hwy 15 just south of Monroe.

The crash took the life of 36-year-old Ashley Dixon of Monroe.

According to LSP, the initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as 35-year-old Christopher Johnson of Monroe was traveling north on LA Hwy 15 in a 2013 Ford Escape. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and hit a ditch embankment, which caused the vehicle to go airborne.

After going airborne, the vehicle hit a large tree and came to rest in the ditch.

Dixon, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. Johnson, who was also unrestrained, was transported to a local hospital with injuries. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation. There is no further information at this time.