Speed Suspected as a Factor in Late-Night Three-Vehicle Crash on US 61 that Killed a Louisiana Man

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Published November 14, 2022

Speed Suspected as a Factor in Late-Night Three-Vehicle Crash on US 61 that Killed a Louisiana Man

Zachary, Louisiana –  According to Louisiana State Police, on November 12, 2022, soon before 11:00 p.m., Troopers with LSP Troop A began investigating a three-vehicle fatal crash near the intersection of US 61 and LA 64 in East Baton Rouge Parish. John Anthony Dante’ Daniels, 23, of Wakefield, Louisiana, was killed in the crash.

According to the preliminary investigation, Troopers determined that Edward Poray Frank of Port Allen, Louisiana was driving a 2018 Toyota Tundra south on US 61 at a high rate of speed. At the same time, Daniels’ 2013 Nissan Maxima was stopped behind a 2008 Toyota Prius at a red traffic light southbound on US 61. The Tundra collided with the rear end of the Maxima for unknown reasons, causing a secondary collision between the Maxima and Prius.

Daniels died despite being properly restrained. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Frank was also securely restrained and transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. While it is unknown whether the Prius driver was restrained, he did incur minor injuries in the incident. As part of the ongoing inquiry, a toxicological sample was acquired from each driver and will be analyzed. At this moment, it is unknown whether impairment is a factor. Any criminal or traffic infractions identified during the continuing inquiry will be reported to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office.

Speed, impairment, distractions, and a lack of a seatbelt continue to be major factors in crashes examined by the Louisiana State Police. These avoidable collisions frequently have life-changing implications for all parties involved. Please educate your loved ones on the importance of making safe decisions when driving. Every person in a vehicle, regardless of sitting position, is required by law to wear a seat belt at all times. Wearing your seat belt correctly is one of the most effective strategies to save your life and limit injuries in a crash.

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