Leesville man killed in Vernon Parish crash

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Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 1:22 PM CDT
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LEESVILLE, La. (KALB/LSP) - A Leesville man was killed in a crash Sunday on Hwy 28 West.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. on July 5, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop E began investigating an injury crash on Hwy 28 West near Hwy 121. This crash took ultimately took the life of Roberto Santana, 75, of Leesville.

The initial investigation revealed a 2002 Toyota Camry, driven by Santana, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 28 West. For reasons still under investigation, Santana traveled off the highway and struck a tree. He was properly restrained, but sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Santana later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

While the cause of this crash remains under investigation, distracted and inattentive driving continues to be a leading cause of crashes in our state. Louisiana State Police urges all motorists to stay alert while driving. A lapse in one’s awareness can have deadly consequences. If motorists witness hazardous situations on any Louisiana highway, they may dial *LSP (*577) to be connected to the nearest Troop to report that activity.

In 2020, Troop E Troopers have investigated 28 fatal crashes resulting in 34 fatalities.

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