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Driver dies, passenger suffers injuries after car leaves road and flips

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DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) -

Louisiana State Police said a driver died and a passenger was injured when the car they were in went off the road and flipped late Monday night.

The victim was identified as Garrett Minard, 21, of Walker. The passenger's name was not released. Investigators said he is 22 years old.

Troopers reported the crash happened on LA 1019 (Springfield Road) east of LA 16 in Denham Springs around 11:30 p.m. Tpr. Jared Sandifer said Minard was not wearing a seat belt and impairment is believed to have been a factor.

He said the preliminary investigation showed Minard was headed east on LA 1019 in a 2013 Kia Optima when the car veered off the road in a curve, rolled over several times and stopped in a ditch.

He added Minard was pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office, while the unnamed passenger was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge with moderate injuries.

A sample of Minard's blood was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

The investigation is ongoing.

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