A Starks man died Saturday night in a crash on La. 109, State Police say.
Brandon Elvin Perkins, 35, died in the single-vehicle crash, troopers say. It happened at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday, a few miles south of Starks.
The preliminary investigation indicates Parks' SUV was traveling south on the highway. For reasons still under investigation, it traveled off the right side of the road into a ditch, rolled several times and hit a tree, troopers say.
Despite being properly restrained, Perkins sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. A toxicology sample was obtained from the driver and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted, always ensure every occupant is properly restrained, and follow all traffic laws. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop D has investigated 4 fatal crashes resulting in 4 deaths in 2020.