Louisiana State Police say an unrestrained Baton Rouge man died Friday morning near Kinder after the vehicle he was a passenger in traveled into the path of another vehicle.
Shortly after 9:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop say they responded to a two-vehicle crash on US Highway 165 at Clyde Chachere Road north of Kinder. The preliminary investigation revealed a car driven by a 21-year-old Eunice woman was traveling east on Clyde Chachere Road when she stopped at a stop sign at US 165.
According to State Police, the driver then allegedly proceeded east and failed to yield at a yield sign near the center of the divided highway driving into the path of a truck traveling north on US 165. The truck then struck the passenger side of the Pontiac.
A backseat passenger in the car, 40-year-old Bryan Keith Smith of Baton Rouge, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Two other passengers in that car were transported from the scene with moderate injuries. The driver received minor injuries. None of them were wearing a seatbelt.
The driver and passenger in the truck were wearing seatbelts and received minor injuries. A toxicology sample was obtained from the drivers and will be submitted for analysis.
The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.