On Thursday, September 8, 2022, just after 3:00 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a one-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 5, south of Kalmbach Road. This crash claimed the life of 34-year-old Eric Sweet, of Many who was not wearing a seat belt.
The initial investigation revealed a 2016 Ram pickup driven by Sweet was traveling south on LA Hwy 5. For reasons still under investigation, he exited the roadway and struck a guardrail before overturning.
Sweet, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the DeSoto Parish Coroner.
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.
Buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself during a vehicle crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.
In 2022, Troop G has investigated 27 fatal crashes, which have resulted in 30 deaths.
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