An Unrestrained Louisiana Man was Killed in a June 12 Crash on US 171

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Published June 13, 2022

An Unrestrained Louisiana Man was Killed in a June 12 Crash on US 171

Mansfield – Louisiana State Police reported on June 13, 2022, that on June 12, 2022, shortly after 7:00 p.m., Troopers assigned to LSP Troop G began investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash on US Highway 171, near Kyle Porter Road. Donte Mack, 27, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was not wearing a seatbelt and was killed in the crash. According to the preliminary investigation, a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Arteaetear Franklin, 54, of Mansfield, Louisiana, was traveling east on Kyle Porter Road. At the same time, Mack was driving north on US Highway 171 in a 2020 Kia Rio. Franklin failed to yield at the stop sign before crossing US Highway 171 and collided with the Kia. Mack collided with the Chevrolet and then ran off the road.

Mack, who was not restrained, was taken to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and pronounced dead. Franklin and two passengers were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. At this time, it is unknown if the occupants of the Chevrolet were restrained or not.

Although impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash, routine toxicology samples were collected and sent for analysis. The crash is still being investigated.

Buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a car accident. Failure to buckle up for a few seconds can have disastrous consequences. Every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, is required by Louisiana law to be properly restrained at all times.

Troop G has investigated 16 fatal crashes so far in 2022, resulting in 17 deaths.