Unrestrained Louisiana Driver Killed in Three-Vehicle Crash on LA 64 in Livingston Parish Crash

By Evelina Rivers
Published July 14, 2023

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Unrestrained Louisiana Driver Killed in Three-Vehicle Crash on LA 64 in Livingston Parish Crash

Livingston Parish, Louisiana – An unrestrained Louisiana driver was killed in a three-vehicle crash on LA 64 in Livingston Parish.

Troopers from the Louisiana State Police Troop A initiated an investigation into a three-vehicle crash on LA 64 near LA 1019 in Livingston Parish, taking place on July 12, 2023, just after 2:15 p.m. Tragically, the crash resulted in the death of Caleb Easterling, a 19-year-old resident of Denham Springs, Louisiana.

The preliminary investigation showed that William Cokes, a 49-year-old resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana was driving an eastbound 1998 Dodge Dakota on LA 64. Simultaneously, Easterling was driving a 2009 Ford F-150 in the opposite direction on LA 64. Louisiana State Police indicated that for reasons still being investigated, Cokes crossed the centerline and struck the F-150 head-on. Furthermore, a 2015 Dodge Charger traveling west on LA 64 hit the rear end of the F-150.

Easterling, who was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred, suffered serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to a nearby hospital. Sadly, he later died from his injuries and was officially pronounced dead at the hospital. The drivers of the Dakota and Charger, on the other hand, were wearing their seatbelts and suffered moderate to severe injuries in the accident. The investigation into this crash is ongoing, and any potential criminal or traffic violations will be reported to the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Not all crashes can be survived, but statistics show that wearing seat belts correctly can greatly lower the chances of getting injured or killed in a crash. In Louisiana, it is mandatory for everyone in a vehicle, regardless of where they are sitting, to always wear their seat belts. Wearing your seat belt properly is one of the most efficient methods to protect yourself and diminish the severity of injuries in accidents.