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Opelousas man dies after falling from truck

Posted at 1:25 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 14:25:43-04

Prairie Ronde, La. - An Opelousas man died after falling from a truck in St. Landry Parish.

On September 21, 2019, at 8:00 am, troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a single-vehicle crash on LA 103 South of US-167. The crash took the life of 38-year-old Frederick Freeman, of Opelousas, according to TFC Thomas Gossen, spokesperson for Troop I.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed Freeman was riding in the bed of a 2006 Dodge Dakota. For unknown reasons, Freeman fell out of the moving truck and sustained serious injuries. The driver was properly restrained and was not injured.

Freeman was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

On September 30, police were notified that Freeman died from his injuries on September 27.

Impairment was not suspected on the part of Freeman or the driver, Gossen added. The driver did submit a voluntary breath sample which showed no alcohol present. The driver committed no violations and was not cited. This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Troopers remind motorists that all occupants in a vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position.