Marksville man killed in single-vehicle crash on Hwy 71
A Marksville man is dead following a single-vehicle crash on Hwy 71 just south of Alexandria early on Tuesday morning.
Around 1:20 a.m., Jonathan C. Decuir, 25, was driving southbound on Hwy 71 when he lost control and exited the left side of the road, colliding with a metal guardrail. Then he exited the right side of the roadway before finally colliding with an overpass support column.
Decuir was pronounced dead. He was not wearing his seat belt.
Routine toxicology tests are pending. Currently, Louisiana State Police believes some form of impairment is suspected.
The crash remains under investigation.
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Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. We ask you to take one second to “buckle up!” 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.
Motorists must be reminded that alcohol and other drugs have many effects on the body. Alcohol and other drugs can impair visual ability, alter sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle, and decrease reaction times. Just one drink may cause these effects. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Not doing so can have deadly consequences.
Louisiana State Police has zero tolerance for impaired drivers. To report aggressive/impaired driving, call *LSP (*577) from your cellular phone or your local law enforcement agency.
Troop E Troopers have investigated 40 fatal crashes in 2019, resulting in 44 fatalities.