1 killed, 5 injured in Sabine Parish wreck

3 of the injured are children; many of the victims were unrestrained
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Published: Sep. 25, 2022 at 10:11 AM CDT

SABINE PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Several unrestrained people, including children, were involved in a fatal head-on collision in Sabine Parish.

On Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m., Louisiana State Police (LSP) responded to a two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 6 west of Many. When they arrived, they learned the crash had claimed the life of 21-year-old Joseph Hogan, of Hemphill, Texas.

The investigation revealed that a 2016 GMC Acadia being driven by 51-year-old Stacy Martone, of Many, was traveling west on LA 6 when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 2016 Cadillac CTS.

The Cadillac was occupied by five passengers; Hogan, who was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. The driver, a 4-year-old passenger, and a 6-year-old passenger, all of whom were unrestrained, had sustained severe injuries. A 2-year-old passenger, who was restrained, sustained moderate injuries. All were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Martone sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Routine toxicology samples have been gathered and submitted for analysis.

The cause of this crash is under investigation.

“While the cause of this crash remains under investigation, distracted and inattentive driving continues to be a leading cause of crashes in our state. Louisiana State Police urges all motorists to stay alert while driving. A lapse in one’s awareness can have deadly consequences,” said Master Trooper Casey Wallace, of LSP.

“While not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death.”

In 2022, LSP Troop E troopers have investigated 37 fatal crashes resulting in 39 fatalities.