Sulphur man killed in La. 70 crash

A Sulphur man died in a two-vehicle wreck on La. 70 on Saturday.
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State police investigating possible driver distraction in wreck

A two-vehicle crash on La. 70 north of Stephensville claimed the life of a 24-year-old Sulphur man this morning, according to State Police Troop I Spokesman TFC. Stephen Hammons.
At 6:30 a.m., Charles Parker III, 24, of Sulphur, was driving a 2003 Land Rover south on La. 70. A 2006 International 18-wheeler, driven by Michael Smith, 50, of Morgan City, was traveling north on La. 70 approaching Parker, Hammons said in a news release. For reasons still under investigation, Parker crossed the center line and struck the left side of Smith’s vehicle. Parker was unrestrained and was pronounced dead at the scene, Hammons said. Smith was restrained and was treated at the scene for minor injuries, he said.
Troopers are also investigating the possibility that Parker was distracted by his cell phone prior to the crash, Hammons stated.
It is unknown if impairment was a factor in the crash; however, routine toxicology samples have been obtained and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis, he said.
This crash remains under investigation.

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