Apr 27, 2014 6:19 PM by Cecilia Stevenson
On April 26, 2014, at 10:27 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a single-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 383, near Jesuit Camp Road, about 3 miles west of Kinder. The preliminary investigation reveals a 2008 Toyota Camry was traveling south on LA 383 at a high rate of speed (over 100 miles per hour) when the driver, 48-year-old Bryan K. Manuel of Longville, failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle traveled off of the highway and struck a ditch embankment causing the vehicle to flip repeatedly before coming to rest.
Manuel, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Allen Parish Coroner's Office. A passenger in the vehicle, who was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash, was transported from the scene with moderate injuries.
Alcohol use on the part of Manuel is strongly suspected to be a factor in the crash. A toxicology sample was obtained from Manuel and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
State police say excessive speed, alcohol use and failure to wear a seatbelt are all suspected factors that contributed to the death of Manuel.