A young Many man was killed in a single-car crash late Sunday night. Louisiana State Police say the driver of the vehicle is suspected of being impaired.
Troopers responded to the crash around 11:40 p.m. Sunday on Plainview Road near US Hwy 171. The crash involved a 2006 Dodge pickup, driven by 20-year-old Christopher A. Neal of Florien, LA. The Dodge was westbound on Plainview Road when Neal lost control and went off the left side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle began overturning and came to rest against two trees.
State police say Neal was not wearing his seatbelt, but only sustained minor injuries and was taken to Sabine Medical Center. His two passengers, identified as 20-year-old Zachary S. Rhame and a 16-year-old female from Zwolle were both unrestrained and thrown from the vehicle during the crash. Rhame was pronounced dead at the scene. The juvenile received moderate injuries and was taken to Sabine Medical Center.
Neal was charged with vehicular homicide, contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, careless operation, and no seatbelt.
Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Police says Troop E Troopers have investigated 31 fatal crashes in 2013, resulting in 32 fatalities.