Jena man succumbs to injuries sustained in Lasalle Parish crash

Published 11:38 am Monday, July 25, 2022

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JENA, La. – On Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at just after 3 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop E began investigating a one-vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 127, just south of Cannon Road. This crash claimed the life of 33-year-old Huey Smith.

The initial investigation revealed a 2000 GMC Sierra, driven by Smith, was traveling south on the highway.  For reasons still under investigation, he exited the roadway and overturned.

Smith, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to Rapides Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. On July 22, 2022, Smith was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash, however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

“Buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself during a vehicle crash,” LSP Troop E stated in a news release. “Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.”

In 2022, Troop E investigated 20 fatal crashes, resulting in 21 deaths.