Unrestrained driver killed in Rapides Parish crash

A man from Elmer died in a single-vehicle crash.
A man from Elmer died in a single-vehicle crash.
Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 9:46 AM CDT
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RAPIDES PARISH, La. LSP) - A man from Elmer was killed in a single-vehicle crash on August 1 around 4:20 p.m.

State Police said Winton D. Barton, 47, of Elmer, was driving a 1995 Dodge Pickup eastbound on Louisiana Highway 488.  For reasons still under investigation, Barton exited the roadway, overcorrected and overturned his vehicle in the ditch.

Barton, who was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation.

While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Not wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes.

In 2021, Troop E Troopers have investigated 27 fatal crashes resulting in 28 fatalities.

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