June 10 09:13 AM
Unrestrained Driver Killed in Claiborne Parish
On June 8, 2013, at 9:42 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 2 Alternate east of U.S. Highway 79.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1996 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 52-year-old Michael Waganer of Homer, was traveling west on Louisiana Highway 2 Alternate when it ran off the right side of the road. The Chevrolet traveled into a ditch and struck a tree.
Waganer was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected. Waganer was transported to a hospital in Shreveport where he died.
Alcohol use is suspected. A toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Poor decisions in a vehicle, such as driving while impaired and not wearing a seatbelt, lead to serious injuries and deaths across the state each year. Making the responsible decision can mean the difference between life and death. Troopers remind motorists to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol, never get into a vehicle with an impaired driver and never allow an impaired person to get behind the wheel.