Tragedy over the long holiday weekend in Red River Parish. A Bossier City teenager has died in a UTV (utility terrain vehicle) crash in Coushatta.

Just before 9pm Saturday night State Troopers responded to a single-vehicle fatality crash involving a UTV on Clear Springs Church Road north of LA Hwy 155. The crash claimed the life of 13-year-old Lila Rose Sobolak.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2008 Can-Am UTV, driven by Sobolak, was headed west on Clear Springs Church Road when she apparently lost control, left the road and hit a fence and then a tree before flipping over. Both Sobolak and an adult passenger were unrestrained and were ejected during the crash. The passenger was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Sobolak was transported to Christus Coushatta Health Care Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Troopers would like to stress the importance of utilizing proper safety equipment such as approved helmets and seat belts when operating any off-road vehicle. Additionally, it is dangerous and illegal to operate off-road vehicles on any public roadway in the state.

In 2022, Troop G has investigated 19 fatal crashes, resulting in 20 deaths.

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