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River Parishes motorist killed in fiery Edgard crash

EDGARD — A River Parishes man was killed Sunday night after his SUV crashed and burst into flames along River Road in Edgard.

According to Louisiana State Police, 32-year-old Byron Smith Jr. was driving a Dodge Durango southbound on River Road near East 14th Street when he crossed the centerline and ran off the roadway to the left, striking several trees.

“Smith’s vehicle became engulfed in flames after impact, and he suffered fatal injuries as a result,” a State Police report said.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced Smith dead on the scene. Smith was a Boutte resident.

Impairment is unknown on the part of Smith, and State Police said toxicology tests are pending. Troopers are working to determine if Smith was restrained at the time of the crash.