A Minden man was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Athens Tuesday night.
Just after 10 p.m., Louisiana State Police responded to the fatality crash on La. Highway 518 at Old Athens Road. This crash claimed the life of 33-year-old Patrick Halliburton, who was not wearing a seat belt.
The initial investigation revealed a 2001 Ford pickup, driven by Haliburton, was traveling west on Highway 518. For reasons still under investigation, Halliburton exited the roadway and struck a tree.
Halliburton, who was unrestrained, was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Claiborne Parish Coroner.
It is unknown if impairment is a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Troopers remind motorists that buckling up is the most effective protection during a vehicle crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.
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