Monroe man killed in Ouachita Parish crash

A 77-year-old Monroe man was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Ouachita Parish Thursday afternoon.

Louisiana State Police Troop F reported troopers responded to the crash on La.  Highway 617 (Thomas Road) south of La. Highway 838 near West Monroe. The crash claimed the life of Prince L. Sparks of Monroe.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2015 Nissan Sentra, driven by Sparks, entered the roadway from a private driveway and failed to yield to a southbound 2013 Ford F-250. As a result, the Ford collided with the Nissan.

Sparks, who was restrained, was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ouachita Parish Coroner. The driver of the Ford, who also was restrained, did not sustain any injuries. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor; however, routine toxicology samples were submitted for analysis.Although the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation, State Police remind the public that inattentive and distracted driving is dangerous and is a leading cause of crashes in our state. It is important for motorists to pay attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle they are driving and to get plenty of rest to remain alert.

In 2022, Troop F has investigated 11 fatal crashes, which have resulted in 13 fatalities.

In 2022, Troop F has investigated 11 fatal crashes, which have resulted in 13 fatalities.


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