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Police investigating Lake Charles fatal crash

Fatal crash
Posted at 10:23 AM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 11:23:03-04

Lake Charles Police say they are investigating a Wednesday afternoon crash that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Lake Charles man.

Police say the single-vehicle crash happened around 1:40 pm on May 27, in the 400 block of W. McNeese Street.

The crash claimed the life of 24-year-old Zackery Pearce.

According to police, an investigation determined that Pearce was traveling eastbound on W. McNeese Street at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle and exited the roadway.

Pearce's vehicle then crashed into a home before coming to a stop.

Police say that during the crash, Pearce's vehicle struck a gas line and caused a fire.

Bystanders attempted to help Pearce but, according to police, were unable to do so because of the gas fire.

Pearce was pronounced dead at the scene.

Standard toxicology reports are pending.

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