Unrestrained Louisiana Driver Dies in Tragic I-49 Pickup Truck Collision

By Calcasieu Staff
Published December 19, 2023

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Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana – Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-49 near Mile Post 141 at around 7:00 a.m. on December 19, 2023. The crash resulted in the tragic death of Sean Franks Clark, aged 41, of Maurice, Louisiana.

Initial findings indicated that the vehicle, a 1986 Toyota pickup truck driven by Clark, veered off the road and collided with a large tree in the southbound ditch for reasons yet to be determined. Clark, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology samples were collected for analysis as part of the ongoing investigation into this incident.

While the specific cause of this crash is still being determined, it’s important to note that distracted and inattentive driving remains a major contributor to crashes in Louisiana. Louisiana State Police emphasizes the importance of staying vigilant while behind the wheel as any lapse in attention can have severe and even deadly consequences.

In 2023 alone, Troop E has handled 53 fatal crashes resulting in 59 deaths.