Caddo Parish Coroner Todd Thoma has identified a Shreveport man who died from his injuries in a fatal crash on I-220 Saturday morning.

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35 year old Darell Lamon Edwards was traveling westbound on I-220 when he approached the overpass curve going over I-20 and went off the side of the road after his car hit the guardrail and overturned.

Responding officers found the car in the median, and after a short search, located Edwards about 75 feet away from the vehicle.  Edwards was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled down the embankment.  He was prounounced dead at the scene.

Police reported Edwards was not wearing a seat belt. An autopsy has been ordered by the coroner's office.  This accident marks the 26th auto-accident fatality in Shreveport for 2022.

According to a recent report by WAFB, traffic fatalities in Louisiana continue to rise due to drivers becoming 'relaxed in their driving behaviors.'

Experts from A National Transportation Research Nonprofit say the fatal accidents are largely related to drivers taking huge risks. Public Information Officer Javier Leija with the Louisiana State Police says the leading causes for the number of traffic fatalities are due to drivers becoming relaxed in their driving behaviors, drinking alcohol, multitasking, and becoming distracted with what’s going on inside of the car, as well as outside of the car.

Officials remind drivers to avoid distractions like cell phone use, dealing with kids in the car, applying makeup, and even eating, while behind the wheel.

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