On April 15, 2023, just before 4:00 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash involving a (UTV) utility terrain vehicle on Percheron Drive, west of U.S. Hwy 171 in Grand Cane. This crash claimed the life of 36-year-old Timothy Henderson.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2021 Yamaha UTV, driven by Henderson, was traveling west on Percheron Drive. For reasons still under investigation, the Yamaha exited the roadway, overturned, and struck a tree.

Henderson, who was unrestrained and not wearing a DOT-approved helmet, was ejected during the crash. Henderson was pronounced deceased on the scene by the DeSoto Parish Coroner.

Impairment is not suspected to be a factor; however, routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

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 (i.e., three-wheelers, four-wheelers, and other all-terrain vehicles) on any public roadway in this state.

In 2023, Troop G has investigated eight fatal crashes, resulting in eight deaths.

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