Baton Rouge man dead after wreck near Kinder

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ALLEN PARISH, La. (LSP) - An unrestrained Baton Rouge man is dead after a wreck on US Highway 165 at Clyde Chachere Road north of Kinder.

Esperanza Cortina, 21, of Eunice was traveling east on Clyde Chachere Road when she stopped at a stop sign at US 165. She failed to yield at a yield sign near the center of the divided highway driving into the path of a truck traveling north on US 165. As a result, the truck struck the passenger side of the Pontiac.

Cortina’s backseat passenger Bryan Keith Smith, 40, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Two other passengers in the vehicle were transported from the scene with moderate injuries. Cortina received minor injuries. None of them were wearing a seatbelt.

The driver and passenger in the truck were wearing a seat belt and received minor injuries.

A toxicology sample was obtained from the drivers and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

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