Early morning crash kills unrestrained DeRidder woman


VERNON PARISH, La. (LSP) - A single-vehicle crash killed a woman from DeRidder on Wednesday morning. She was not wearing a seat belt.

Troopers responded to the crash around 4:50 a.m., which occurred on Bass Road, near U.S. Hwy 171. The crash involved a 2015 Nissan Altima, driven by Rebecca L. Iles, 30. The Nissan was westbound on Bass Road when Iles lost control and exited the left side of the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with two culverts before reentering Bass Road and exiting the right side. The Nissan then collided with a fence post and a couple of trees.

Iles was pronounced dead. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. State police say wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes.

Troop E Troopers have investigated 29 fatal crashes in 2019, resulting in 33 fatalities.

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