One man has died in a crash in Claiborne Parish. The wreck happened just before 3pm on Monday on LA Hwy 161 just north of LA Hwy 520.

40-year-old Tony Hicks, Jr., died in the one car accident. State Troopers report Hicks was not buckled up and high speed is suspected to be the cause of this wreck.

Troop G issued a statement saying

Hicks was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, northbound on LA Hwy 161.  As Hicks approached a curve, he exited the roadway and struck a tree. Hicks was not wearing his seat belt and suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash.  He was pronounced dead on the scene. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation.

Drivers across Louisiana are reminded to obey speed limit signs and key your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Distracted driving is one of the top causes of crashes across the nation.

State police also say speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are also top causes of crashes and fatalities on the roads.

You are also urged to buckle up. Troopers says this is the most effective way to protect yourself if you get into a crash.

So far this year, Troop G has investigated 31 fatal crashes, resulting in 33 deaths.

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