PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - A New Orleans man was killed in an early morning, single-vehicle crash on Sunday in West Baton Rouge Parish.
The incident happened just before 4:30 a.m. on I-10 near LA Hwy 415.
According to Troop A spokesperson Jared Sandifer of the Louisiana State Police, 22-year-old Reese D. Randolph was a passenger among four other occupants in a 2005 Nissan Xterra, which was heading eastbound on I-10. For unknown reasons, the Nissan ran off to the left of the roadway and entered the median. After traveling through the median, the vehicle then rolled several times across the westbound entrance ramp of LA Hwy 415. Randolph was transported to a nearby hospital where he later lost his life from his injuries sustained in the crash.
The driver, 18-year-old Michael Naquin of Gretna, was also not wearing a seatbelt and suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash. Though impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this incident, Naquin submitted a blood sample for the submission of a toxicology analysis to the state crime lab.
The other passengers sustained mild to moderate injuries. Reportedly, out of all five occupants in the vehicle, only one was properly restrained.
The Louisiana State Police stated that they wish to remind drivers and passengers of the importance of wearing a seatbelt. Statistics show that wearing a seatbelt can significantly improve the chances of surviving a violent, life-threatening crash.