Unrestrained Mississippi Driver Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash in Louisiana, 2 Restrained Passengers Uninjured

By Evelina Rivers
Published September 15, 2023

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Washington Parish, Louisiana – An unrestrained Mississippi driver was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Louisiana, while two restrained passengers remained uninjured.

On the 13th of September, just before 8:00 p.m., a deadly solo-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 10 near LA Hwy 25 in Washington Parish was investigated by Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L. The crash resulted in the death of 44-year-old Bobby Harriel from Ruth, Mississippi.

Preliminary investigations have shown that the crash happened when Harriel was driving west on LA Hwy 10 in a 2017 Nissan Altima. The specific reasons behind Harriel losing control of the car are yet to be established by investigators. After losing control, the Nissan veered off the road and rolled into a nearby water body.

Harriel wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, leading to serious injuries from the crash. Harriel was taken to a nearby hospital, where he eventually died from his injuries. The two passengers in the Nissan were safely buckled up and escaped unharmed.

For further investigation purposes, a sample was taken from Harriel for a toxicology test.

Although some vehicular crashes may be fatal, data suggests that wearing your seat belt correctly significantly lowers the risk of injury or death. It is mandated by Louisiana law that all passengers, regardless of where they’re seated, must always have their seat belts fastened. The correct use of a seat belt is one of the most efficient methods to protect your life and minimize injury during crashes.