GREENWELL SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A man was killed and two people were injured in a single-vehicle crash early Friday morning after the truck he was driving went off the road and slammed into a tree, according to officials.
Louisiana State Police identified the victim as Rene Lanau, 27, of Baton Rouge. Troopers reported a 21-year-old woman and 30-year-old man whose names were not released suffered minor to moderate injuries. They were taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge for treatment.
They said the crash happened on Greenwell Springs Road north of Liberty Road near Greenwell Springs a little after midnight.
Sgt. Jared Sandifer with LSP said the preliminary investigation showed Lanau was headed north on Greenwell Springs Road in a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup veered off the highway and hit a tree. He added investigators have not yet determined what caused the pickup to go off the road.
According to Sandifer, Lanau was not properly buckled up and was pronounced dead at the scene. Sandifer stated the two injured passengers were also not wearing seat belts.
He added it is not yet known if impairment was a factor in the wreck, but as with all deadly crashes on Louisiana highways, a sample of his blood was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Troopers issued a reminder of the importance of wearing seat belts and that Louisiana law requires every person in a moving vehicle to remain buckled at all times.
The investigation is ongoing.