August 26 11:41 AM
Unrestrained and Impaired Driver Killed in DeSoto Parish
On August 25, 2013, at 3:15 a.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 49 north of Louisiana Highway 3276.
The preliminary investigation revealed that 1999 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by 48-year-old Newman Davis of Mansfield, was traveling south on Interstate 49 when it exited a curve to the left and drove off the right side of the road. The Ford traveled down an embankment, rotated clockwise and struck a tree on the driver’s side door.
Davis was not properly restrained. Davis suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the DeSoto Parish Coroner’s Office.
Alcohol use is suspected. A toxicology sample was taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
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