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Walker man dies in Christmas Eve crash

Posted at 12:20 PM, Dec 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-25 13:20:35-05

State Troopers are still investigating a crash that left a Walker man dead last night.

The accident happened at about 10 p.m. on Highway 447 in Livingston Parish. Chad Whisman, 24, died in the crash.

Trooper say he was driving a pick-up truck north on the highway when he ran off the road to the left, and struck a tree. Whisman wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, and was pronounced dead at the scene. A juvenile sitting in the front seat was properly restrained, and wasn’t injured, troopers said.

Impairment on his part is unknown at this time, but may have been a factor, troopers say. A toxicology sample was obtained from him to be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants in a vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired and always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death.