MADISONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A man is dead after the truck he was driving went off the highway and slammed into a tree Friday night.
Louisiana State Police identified the victim as Brent Cyprian, 31, of Loranger. Troopers reported the crash happened on LA 22 west of LA 1085 in Madisonville around 9 p.m.
According to Tpr. Dustin Dwight, the preliminary investigation showed Cyprian was driving east on LA 22 when his 2000 Chevrolet Silverado crossed the center line. Dwight said it remains under investigation what caused the truck to go across the center line into the westbound lane.
Dwight added after crossing the center line, Cyprian overcorrected and swerved, which caused the truck to flip and into a ditch. He reported the truck rolled through the ditch and slammed into a tree on the passenger side.
Investigators said Cyprian was not wearing a seat belt and suffered severe injuries as a result of the crash. He was reportedly taken to Lakeview Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Officials said he was pronounced dead by the emergency room doctor shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Troopers reported blood samples were taken from Cyprian and will be examined by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office. It is normal procedure for blood samples to be taken from drivers in deadly crashes on Louisiana highways.
The investigation is ongoing.