Louisiana State Police

  • Agency: Louisiana State Police
  • Address: 7919 Independence Blvd, Baton Rouge, 70806 LA
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Phone: (225) 925-6006
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Louisiana State Police is located at 7919 Independence Blvd, Baton Rouge, 70806 LA. The Louisiana State Police phone number is (225) 925-6006.

Louisiana State Police News

TROOP B NEWS RELEASE November 2, 2018 Troopers Investigate Crash that Kills Bicyclist Jefferson Parish – Shortly after 11:00 pm on November 1, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop B began investigating a fatal crash involving a bicyclist on LA Hwy 3139 (Earhart Expressway) near Dickory Ave. in Jefferson Parish. The crash took the life of 64-year-old Daniel L. Green of New Orleans. The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Green was traveling northbound on Earhart Expy. on a bicycle. At the same time, 57-year-old Brenda Butler of Marrero was driving northbound in the right lane of Earhart Expy. in a 2006 Kia Sportage. Green was traveling in the right lane on a #bicycle with no lights or reflectors, and he was wearing dark colored clothing. As Butler approached Green from the rear, she attempted to take evasive action to avoid striking the bicycle, but was unable to do so. As a result, the Kia struck the rear of the bicycle, ejecting Green. Green was transported from the scene to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he succumbed to injuries received in the crash. Butler was uninjured, and impairment on her part was not a factor in the crash. A toxicology sample was obtained from Green, and the results are pending. This crash remains under investigation. Bicyclists should never assume that motorists can see them. #Louisiana Revised Statute 32:329.1 states that bicyclists cannot ride on a state highway, parish road, or city street between sunset and sunrise unless their bicycle is equipped with lamps and reflectors. Furthermore, LRS 32:197 states that bicyclists should ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable. #Troopers would like to remind bicyclists that simple precautions such as using proper lighting, wearing reflective materials, and obeying all traffic laws are key to preventing crashes. Contact Information: Sgt. Jared L. Sandifer Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section Office: (225) 925-6202 jared.sandifer@la.gov www.lsp.org twitter.com/LAStatePolice

TROOP L NEWS RELEASE November 1, 2018 Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on LA 22 Ponchatoula – Shortly before 9:00 pm, on Wednesday October 31, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash involving a motorcycle on LA 22 west of Interstate 55 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash has claimed the life of 54-year-old Gerald A. East of Springfield. The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as East was riding a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on LA 22. A 2011 Kia Sorento, driven by 40-year-old Michael Wayne Culotta of Tickfaw, had come to a stop due to congestion ahead of East’s motorcycle. East failed to stop his motorcycle and crashed into the rear of the Sorento. East was not wearing a DOT approved helmet at the time of the crash. He sustained severe injuries and was transported to North Oaks Health Systems by Acadian Ambulance. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, East succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. As part of the on-going investigation, blood samples were collected and will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for scientific analysis. Culotta was properly restrained at the time of the crash. He was uninjured. Culotta provided Troopers with a voluntary breath sample, which showed no amount of alcohol present. Contact Information: S/T Dustin Dwight Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section Office: (985) 893-6250

HEADQUARTERS NEWS RELEASE October 31, 2018 Falsified Actions Lead to Arrest and Firing of DPS Officer Baton Rouge – On Monday, October 29, 2018 shortly after 6:00 pm, former DPS Police Officer Chandler LeGrange reported to LSP Communications his involvement with a pursuit and shots fired by a motorcyclist on Juban Road in Livingston Parish. Numerous Troopers and local law enforcement officers responded to the scene and began a search for the reported suspect. LSP Detectives immediately began the investigative process. Subsequently, several inconsistences began to surface regarding the sequence of events as reported by LeGrange. Upon further investigation and questioning, Detectives determined the reported pursuit and shooting were fabricated by LeGrange. LeGrange was charged with Malfeasance in Office and Filing False Public Records. He was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail this afternoon. At the time of his arrest, LeGrange was a probationary employee with the Department of Public Safety Police and immediately terminated. Contact Information: Lt. Nick Manale Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section Office: (225) 925-6202 Nick.Manale@la.gov www.lsp.org

While eating lunch today in Bossier City, Lt. Michael Mayeux met a young man that loves #Troopers. He was given a tour of a police vehicle complete with lights and siren. He even received his very own "Junior Trooper" badge. Troopers always enjoy meeting new friends. Our newest "Junior Trooper" wants everyone to be careful out there and wear your seat belt!

TROOP L NEWS RELEASE October 31, 2018 Bicyclist Killed in Crash on LA 36 Covington – Shortly before 11:00 pm, on Tuesday October 30, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash involving a bicycle on LA 36 near 7th Street in St. Tammany Parish. The cyclist did not survive the crash. Troopers are withholding the name of the deceased pending notification to next of kin. The initial on-scene investigation led Troopers to determine that the cyclist was riding a mountain style bicycle westbound on LA 36 on or near the solid white fog line. Based on evidence gathered at the scene, Troopers determined that the bicycle was not equipped with safety lamps as required by Louisiana revised statute. The cyclist was wearing dark colored clothing and was not wearing a helmet. The crash occurred as 26-year-old Kristofer Brumfield of Covington was driving a 2014 Nissan Maxima westbound on LA 36 approaching the cyclist from the rear. The right front bumper of the Maxima impacted the bicycle. The impact caused the bicyclist to be ejected. The cyclist sustained severe injuries in the crash. He was transported to St. Tammany Parish Hospital, where he ultimately succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. As part of the on-going investigation, a blood sample was collected from the cyclist and will be sent to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for analysis. Brumfield provided Troopers with a voluntary breath sample, which showed no alcohol present. Contact Information: S/T Dustin Dwight Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section Office: (985) 893-6250

TROOP A NEWS RELEASE October 31, 2018 Motorcyclist Dies in Iberville Parish Crash Maringouin– Shortly after 2:00 pm on October 30, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle on LA 77 north of LA 76 in Iberville Parish. The crash took the life of 33-year-old Aubrey Stewart Jr. of Walker. The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Stewart was traveling northbound on LA 77 on a 2013 Suzuki motorcycle. At the same time, 59-year-old Joseph Trosclair of Maringouin was traveling southbound on LA 77 in a 2013 Ford Mustang. For reasons still under investigation, Stewart failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of his motorcycle. Stewart’s motorcycle slid across the center line and struck Trosclair’s vehicle. Stewart sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. He was later pronounced deceased by hospital staff. Trosclair was properly restrained and was not injured. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash, but a toxicology sample was taken from both drivers for analysis. Contact Information: S/T Bryan Lee Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section- Troop A Office: (225) 925-6202

Today we remember and honor Highway Patrolman Frank Brown, Jr. On October 31, 1934, Patrolman Brown of Abita Springs was fatally injured when he was struck on his motorcycle by a truck. Patrolman Brown was 32 years of age. More information on those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of #Louisiana can be found at http://www.lsp.org/memorial.html. #NeverForget

TROOP D NEWS RELEASE October 30, 2018 Truck Rolls onto Car Killing Jennings Woman Jefferson Davis Parish – On October 30, 2018, shortly before 6:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle crash on I-10 North Frontage Road by Louisiana Highway 102 near Jennings. The preliminary investigation revealed a 2010 Kenworth wastewater truck driven by 25-year-old Michael Lee of Woodville, Texas, was traveling west on I-10 North Frontage Road in a curve when the truck crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane of travel. As Lee attempted to steer his vehicle back into the westbound lane of travel, he lost control causing the vehicle to roll onto an eastbound 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by 58-year-old Barbara Labouve of Jennings. Labouve sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jefferson Davis Parish Coroner’s Office. A passenger in the car was seriously injured and flown to a Lafayette hospital for treatment. Lee sustained minor injuries and was cited for careless operation. All occupants were wearing seatbelts. Routine toxicology samples were obtained from the drivers and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation. While the exact cause of this crash remains under investigation, inattentive/distracted driving continues to be a leading factor in fatal crashes in our state. More information on distracted driving may be found online at www.distraction.gov. Troop D has investigated 24 fatal crashes resulting in 24 deaths in 2018. Contact Information: Trooper Derek Senegal Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section–Troop D Office: (337) 491-2919 derek.senegal@la.gov www.lsp.org facebook.com/LouisianaStatePolice twitter.com/LAStatePolice

HEADQUARTERS NEWS RELEASE October 30, 2018 Make This a Safe Halloween and Don’t be Haunted by Bad Decisions Halloween is now upon us and Troopers want to urge everyone to make safety a top priority this Halloween. As trick-or-treaters take to the streets across Louisiana neighborhoods, parents and guardians should remain vigilant for possible hazards and dangerous situations. To ensure that your Halloween is a safe and memorable day for everyone, we recommend following these common safety tips: • Ensure that your child carries a flashlight or glow stick, and/or wears reflective clothing or costumes to alert drivers of the child’s location. • Masks can restrict vision and breathing, restricting sight of oncoming vehicles. Face painting is a safe option. • Costumes should fit children correctly and not drag the ground as this could create a tripping hazard. • Children should be accompanied by adults/parents and should not be allowed to enter homes or vehicles without their supervision. • Plan your trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. • Always walk on sidewalks when available. If walking on the street is necessary, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road facing traffic. • Children should also know their address, phone number, and how to dial 911 for emergencies. Young children should have this information attached somewhere on their costume in the event they get separated or lost. • Parents are urged to inspect all candy for safety after returning home. Under current State Law, it is illegal for a registered sex offender to participate in Halloween trick-or-treat activities. Parents can find accurate information regarding the presence of sex offenders and predators in their neighborhoods by visiting the Louisiana Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry online at: http://www.lsp.org/socpr/default.html. If you become aware of a sex offender who is attending costume parties or giving out candy where children are present, notify your local law enforcement immediately. Motorists should also use caution this Halloween. With all the trick-or-treating excitement, children may inadvertently dart across the street into the path of moving vehicles. Because of this, motorists are being asked to not only drive with extreme caution, but also to drive extra slow in neighborhoods and residential areas. By driving with headlights on during daylight hours, children, as well as other vehicles, are more likely to see them from greater distances. Historically, Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to impaired drivers. On Halloween night last year, over half of all highway fatalities nationwide involved an impaired driver. For those adult trick-or-treaters whose Halloween festivities include consuming alcoholic beverages, we strongly encourage you to have a plan in place for a safe ride home. Your plan can include such ideas as having a designated driver or calling a taxi or using Uber/Lyft, as long as it does not involve you getting behind the wheel of a vehicle impaired or allowing friends or family to drive impaired. Remember, Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving! Be Responsible, Don’t Drink and Drive! The Louisiana State Police wishes everyone a safe and festive Halloween! Contact Information: S/T Michael Reichardt Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section Office: (318) 345-2810 michael.reichardt@la.gov www.lsp.org facebook.com/LouisianaStatePolice twitter.com/LAStatePolice

Troop A would like to welcome seven new members to their ranks. The new Troopers reported to duty this morning after nearly 22 weeks of intense training at the State Police Academy. Upon completing a 10-14 week field training officer program, they will begin patrolling the #BatonRouge area helping to keep the citizens of Louisiana safe. Please join Troop A in welcoming Troopers William Kirkland, Glenn Sanders, Albert Martin, Ryan Beard, Stuart Murphy, Clay Harris, and Dylan Austin (L to R.) Congratulations! Do you have what it takes to become a #Louisiana State Police #Trooper? If so, please visit our LSP Recruiting page at http://lsp.org/recruit.html.

TROOP B NEWS RELEASE October 30, 2018 LaPlace Man Arrested in Fatal Hit and Run Crash Yesterday evening, Troopers arrested 28 year-old Charles Combetta of LaPlace, LA for Felony Hit and Run, Obstruction of Justice and No Driver’s License. Combetta was booked into the St. John the Baptist Parish Jail. The arrest came after Troopers received several tips from the public regarding a 2000 GMC Sierra pick-up truck, owned by Combetta. Through investigation, it was determined that the GMC had Chevrolet parts installed, including a Chevrolet headlight. Evidence was also gathered indicating that Combetta had removed and destroyed parts of the vehicle that were damaged in the crash. An arrest warrant was obtained and the GMC was towed and will be processed for evidence. Louisiana State Police would like to thank the citizens that came forward and provided information regarding the crash. October 21, 2018: Troopers are continuing their investigation into the fatal hit and run crash that killed Danny Simoneaux. The suspect vehicle that struck Simoneaux is one of the following: · 1999-2002 Chevrolet Silverado · 2000-2006 Chevrolet Tahoe · 2000-2007 Chevrolet Suburban The suspect vehicle will have damage to its right headlight, right bumper area and hood. Investigating Troopers are still reviewing evidence and we are asking for the community’s assistance. If you have any information regarding this crash, the driver or whereabouts of the suspect vehicle, please contact Louisiana State Police Troop B at 504.471.2775. October 20, 2018 - St. John the Baptist Parish – This morning, shortly after 7:00 am, Troopers responded to a hit and run fatality crash involving a pedestrian. The crash occurred on LA 628 near Clement Drive. The pedestrian, identified as 55 year-old Danny Simoneaux of LaPlace, LA, died on the scene. Preliminary investigation has revealed that Simoneaux was walking in or near the west bound lane of LA 628 sometime during the night and was struck by an unknown vehicle. Evidence was collected from the scene and investigating Troopers are working on identifying the vehicle. The suspect vehicle will have damage to its right headlight, right bumper area and hood. The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information related to the driver or whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to contact Louisiana State Police Troop B at 504.471.2775. Contact Information: S/T Melissa Matey Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section Office: (504) 471-2780 melissa.matey@la.gov

Today we remember and honor Trooper Huey P. Grace. On the night of October 30, 1968, Trooper Grace died as a result of a traffic accident while pursuing a speeding vehicle. TPR Grace was 36 years old and had been a #Trooper for 5 years, 1 month and 26 days. More information on those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of #Louisiana can be found at http://www.lsp.org/memorial.html. #NeverForget

Troop G would like to welcome six new members to our family. After being away from their loved ones for nearly 22 weeks of difficult training, they earned the badge of a Louisiana State Trooper. Introducing (L-R) Trooper Justin Wardell, Trooper Chandler Cahn, Trooper Rich Matthews, Trooper Carlos Garcia, Trooper Nathan James and Trooper Christian Lara. Join with us as we wish them good luck and protection as they serve the great citizens of northwest Louisiana. Do you have what it takes to become a #Louisiana State Police #Trooper? If so, please visit our LSP Recruiting page at http://lsp.org/recruit.html.

This morning five graduates of Louisiana State Police Training Academy Class 98 reported to Troop D in Lake Charles to begin orientation. We are pleased to welcome (L to R) Troopers Jacob Pruitt, Ty Johnson, Devin Pruitt, Adam Wentzel, and Donovan McCray. You’ll see these new Troopers patrolling the highways of Southwest Louisiana soon. Do you or someone you know want to make a positive difference in our state and have what it takes to become a #Louisiana State Police #Trooper? If so, please visit our LSP Recruiting page at http://lsp.org/recruit.html.

Today, Troop L welcomed four new Troopers from Class 98 to the Troop L family. Please join Troop L Commander John Riles (center) in congratulating Troopers Jesse Sanders, Nicholas Folse, Javon Spears and William Huggins (L to R). Do you have what it takes to become a #Louisiana State Police #Trooper? If so, please visit our LSP Recruiting page at http://lsp.org/recruit.html.

LSP Troop I in #Lafayette would like to welcome our six newest members to the Troop I family. These six men have finished the State Police Academy and will soon be patrolling the highways of Acadiana. Please help us in welcoming Troopers Matthew Landry, Ivy Romero, Jared Langley, Derek Noel, Randall Thomas, and Tony Washington (L to R) to Troop I. Congratulations! Do you have what it takes to become a #Louisiana State Police #Trooper? If so, please visit our LSP Recruiting page at http://lsp.org/recruit.html.

Troop F would like to welcome two new members to the Troop F family. These two men have shown what it takes to be #LouisianasFinest!! Please join us in congratulating Trooper Jonathan Jopling and Trooper Sontus Mitchell to Troop F. Do you have what it takes to become a #Louisiana State Police #Trooper? If so, please visit our LSP Recruiting page at http://lsp.org/recruit.html.

The Troop C family got a little bigger today as we welcomed five new Troopers into the ranks. Troopers Michael Bennett, Ronald Methvin, Brandon Bolden, Tiah Larvadain, and Ashton Mcrae (L to R) have completed the training to become #LouisianasFinest! We want to congratulate them on their effort and determination and wish them all the best in their new careers! Do you have what it takes to become a #Louisiana State Police #Trooper? If so, please visit our LSP Recruiting page at http://lsp.org/recruit.html.

Troop B would like to congratulate and welcome its newest #Troopers who sacrificed to complete the LSP Cadet Class 98. Each of them has proven they have what it takes to be #LouisianasFinest! Join us in congratulating Troopers Terrance Bradley, Nicholas Dowdle, Brennan Faucheux, Beau Fitte, Malachi Hull, Richard Matthews, Julius Roland, Nicholas Wall and Kyle Wilking. Do you have what it takes to become a #Louisiana State Police #Trooper? If so, please visit our LSP Recruiting page at http://lsp.org/recruit.html.

Today, we welcome five new Troopers to the citizens of Cenla. Troop E (Alexandria) would like to introduce you to Floyd Evans, Calton Littleton, Trey McNeal, Johnny Whitehead, and Ryan Wiggins (L to R). These five guys have worked very hard and made extreme sacrifices, along with their families, to get to where they are today. Welcome to Louisiana State Police and to Troop E guys. Stay safe! Do you have what it takes to become a #Louisiana State Police #Trooper? If so, please visit our LSP Recruiting page at http://lsp.org/recruit.html.

TROOP A NEWS RELEASE October 29, 2018 Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Ascension Parish Crash Prairieville – Shortly after 8:30 pm on October 28, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on US Hwy 61 north of LA Hwy 73 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 28-year-old Roland J. Carcisse Jr. of Geismar. The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 24-year-old Samantha Paninski of Gonzales driving southbound on US Hwy 61 in a 2009 Ford Focus. Paninski was traveling in the right hand lane, and changed into the left hand lane to pass another vehicle. Upon moving into the left hand lane, the Ford struck Carcisse who was standing in the left southbound lane of travel. Carcisse was transported from the scene to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge where he succumbed to injuries received in the crash. Paninski was properly restrained and was uninjured. Impairment on her part was not a factor in the crash. Carcisse was wearing dark-colored clothing at the time of the crash. Troopers urge pedestrians to pay close attention to their surroundings while on the roadway. Pedestrians are urged to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near the road. Simple precautions such as wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, and walking a safe distance from travel lanes while facing oncoming traffic could help prevent many pedestrian related crashes. Contact Information: Sgt. Jared L. Sandifer Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section Office: (225) 925-6202 jared.sandifer@la.gov www.lsp.org twitter.com/LAStatePolice

TROOP F NEWS RELEASE October 28, 2018 Unrestrained Newellton Man Dies in Tensas Parish Crash Newellton - Shortly before 4:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 605 near Newellton. The preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by 26-year-old Eric Cooper of Newellton, was traveling south on LA Hwy 605. The vehicle Cooper was driving traveled off the right side of the road and began to rotate. After traveling off the road, the vehicle struck a large tree. Cooper, who was unrestrained at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tensas Parish Coroner’s Office. Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation. Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that avoiding all distractions, obeying the posted speed limit, avoiding fatigued driving, and being properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death. In 2018, Troop F has investigated 31 fatal crashes resulting in 35 deaths. Contact Information: S/T Michael Reichardt Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section Office: (318) 345-2810 michael.reichardt@la.gov www.lsp.org twitter.com/LAStatePolice

TROOP A NEWS RELEASE October 28, 2018 ***UPDATE*** Troopers have made an arrest in the fatal hit and run crash that took the life of 36-year-old Coty Metrejean. Approximately 12 hours after the initial crash, Troopers arrested 21-year-old Lorenzo Gamaz of Walker. Troopers located Gamaz and the 2008 Audi A4 at his residence after receiving a tip. Gamaz was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail for Negligent Homicide, Felony Hit & Run resulting in Death, Reckless Operation, No Driver’s License, No Insurance, and Failure to Report a Crash. Troopers Seek Hit & Run Vehicle that Killed Motorcyclist in Livingston Parish Crash Walker –Shortly after 12:00 am on October 28, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a hit and run fatality involving a motorcycle on LA 447 south of Interstate 12 in Livingston Parish. The crash took the life of 36-year-old Coty Metrejean of Denham Springs. Troopers are now asking for your assistance in locating the hit and run vehicle and driver. The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Metrejean was traveling southbound on LA 447 on a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle. For reasons still under investigation, Metrejean was struck from behind by a southbound vehicle. The impact caused Metrejean’s motorcycle to cross the center line and come to rest in the northbound ditch. Metrejean sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. He was later pronounced deceased by hospital staff. Based on evidence collected at the scene, Troopers believe that the suspect vehicle is a red 2006 to 2009 Audi with significant damage to the front of the vehicle. This crash remains under investigation, and Troopers ask that anyone with any information regarding this crash please contact Louisiana State Police Troop A at 225-754-8500. Contact Information: S/T Bryan Lee Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section- Troop A Office: (225) 925-6202

TROOP E NEWS RELEASE October 28, 2018 Unrestrained Campti Man Killed in Crash Natchitoches Parish – Earlier today, a single vehicle crash killed a man from Campti, LA. He was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected during the crash. Troopers responded to the crash around 12:25 p.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 1226, near Chivery Dam. The crash involved a 1996 Nissan pickup, driven by Joshua Lynn Desadier (W/M 33 yrs). The Nissan was southbound on LA Hwy 1226 when Desadier lost control and exited the right side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with a culvert and began overturning. Desadier was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation. Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. We ask you to take one second to “buckle up!” Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Not wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes. In 2018, Troop E has investigated 41 fatal crashes resulting in 45 deaths. Contact Information: M/T Daniel “Scott” Moreau Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section – Alexandria Region Office: (318) 769-9USA (872) scott.moreau@la.gov www.lsp.org facebook.com/LouisianaStatePolice twitter.com/LAStatePolice

TROOP E NEWS RELEASE October 28, 2018 Member of Air Force Security Forces is Killed in Complex Series of Events, Impairment Suspected Rapides Parish – Last night an active duty member of the Air Force assigned to Security Forces at Barksdale Air Force Base was killed after his vehicle crashed on Interstate 49, setting off a series of events. Troopers responded to the crash around 8:20 p.m., which occurred on Interstate 49 at the Cheneyville overpass, located at Exit 56. The crash involved a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Eduardo Ramos Jr. (O/M 22 yrs) of Barksdale Air Force Base, a 2005 Peterbilt driven by Shane Williams (W/M 49 yrs) of Nett Lake, MN, a 2008 Honda Pilot driven by Esther D. Smith (W/F 59 yrs) of St Landry, LA, and a 2014 Toyota Camry driven by Cody M. Stanley (W/M 19 yrs) of Cheneyville, LA. The Chevrolet was southbound on Interstate 49 when Ramos Jr. lost control and collided with the overpass bridge rail. This collision caused the Chevrolet to become disabled in the southbound inside lane of Interstate 49, on the overpass over LA Hwy 181. Then, Smith stopped her Honda, in the roadway, to provide assistance. This resulted in the Peterbilt colliding with the Chevrolet and the Honda. A pedestrian, identified as Bobby E. Savage (59 yrs) of Bunkie, LA, was standing near the Chevrolet when the Peterbilt collided with it and the Honda. As a result, Savage was hit with debris from the vehicles. Then, Ramos Jr. exited his vehicle and either jumped or fell from the overpass onto LA Hwy 181 approximately 25 feet below. Immediately after Ramos Jr. impacted LA Hwy 181, the northbound Toyota collided with him. Ramos Jr. is suspected of being impaired. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown if he died from the fall or after being struck by the Toyota. None of the other drivers involved in the crash are suspected of being impaired. Savage received minor injuries and was transported to Bunkie General Hospital. Williams was wearing his seat belt and was not injured. Smith and her two passengers were wearing their seat belts. All three were transported to Bunkie General Hospital with minor injuries. Stanley and his passenger were wearing their seat belts. They were not injured. Routine toxicology tests are pending, and the crash remains under investigation. Motorists must be reminded that alcohol and other drugs have many effects on the body. Alcohol and other drugs can impair visual ability, alter sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle, and decrease reaction times. Just one drink may cause these effects. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Not doing so can have deadly consequences. In 2018, Troop E has investigated 40 fatal crashes resulting in 44 deaths. Contact Information: M/T Daniel “Scott” Moreau Louisiana State Police Public Affairs Section – Alexandria Region Office: (318) 769-9USA (872) scott.moreau@la.gov www.lsp.org facebook.com/LouisianaStatePolice twitter.com/LAStatePolice