Sabine Parish, Louisiana – On the afternoon of January 15, 2024, at approximately 4 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop E arrived at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 6 near Pioneer Road. The crash resulted in the tragic death of Frank Bankston, a 78-year-old resident of Texas.
Initial findings indicated that Bankston’s 2008 Lexus was heading west on Louisiana Highway 6 when it veered off the road, went down an embankment, and collided with a tree. Bankston, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the location. Two young passengers in the vehicle, who were properly restrained, sustained moderate injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Samples for toxicology testing were collected for analysis as part of routine procedure.
Although the exact cause of the crash is still being investigated, it serves as a reminder that distracted and inattentive driving poses significant risks on our roads. Louisiana State Police emphasizes the importance of staying vigilant while behind the wheel, as even a momentary loss of focus can lead to tragic consequences.
While not all crashes can be survived, wearing seat belts correctly can substantially reduce the likelihood of fatalities and minimize injuries. Ensuring that all occupants are securely restrained can make a critical difference between life and death.
In 2024 so far, Troop E has handled two fatal crashes resulting in two deaths.