Unrestrained Driver Dies After Running Off of LA 409 and Colliding with a Culvert 

By Liora Hawthorne
Published July 17, 2023

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Unrestrained Driver Dies After Running Off of LA 409 and Colliding with a Culvert

East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana – An unrestrained driver has died after running off of LA 409 and colliding with a culvert.

Louisiana State Police Troop A launched an investigation into a severe single-car crash occurring on Louisiana Highway 409 near Lavell Road. The incident, which took place shortly after 4:00 p.m. on July 16, 2023, resulted in the tragic death of the 44-year-old Pride, Louisiana resident, Jason Cotten.

The initial findings of the investigation indicate that Cotten was driving a 2006 Nissan Titan north on LA Hwy 409.  For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan exited the roadway to the right while in a curve.  Cotten tried to recover control over the Nissan by steering left; however, his overcorrection led the truck to swerve off the road on the left, hit a culvert, and flip over.

Cotten was not wearing any restraints during the accident and sustained severe injuries. He was taken to a close-by hospital where he eventually passed away.

A routine toxicology test was conducted on Cotten and the results are being analyzed. The investigation into this crash is still ongoing.

Always put on your seat belt whenever you’re in a vehicle, regardless of the distance of the journey. The use of seat belts drastically lowers the likelihood of severe harm or fatality in case of an accident. Additionally, make sure all riders are securely fastened before initiating a trip to ensure everyone’s safety.