Feb 27, 2013 9:10 AM by KATC
On February 26, 2013, at 9:41 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a single vehicle crash on Pleasant Hill Road 1.4 miles west of U.S. Highway 171 in Beauregard Parish that claimed the life of a man from DeRidder.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Ford pickup truck driven by 45-year-old Richard C. West of DeRidder was traveling west on Pleasant Hill Road at a high rate of speed when the road surface changed from asphalt to packed gravel. At this point, the vehicle ran off the right side of the road. West overcorrected causing the pickup truck to run off the left side of the road and through a ditch. The vehicle then rolled several times before striking a large pine tree on the passenger side of the vehicle.
West, who was not wearing a seatbelt, received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
Excessive speed and impairment are suspected to be factors in the crash. A toxicology sample was obtained from West and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
This is the second fatal crash investigated by Louisiana State Police Troop D this year.