Unrestrained driver killed in Caldwell Parish crash

Published 11:55 am Monday, September 6, 2021

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Columbia – Early this morning, shortly before 1:30 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 849 just east of US Hwy 165. This crash claimed the life of 30-year-old Kenterious Higgins of Denham Springs.
The initial investigation revealed a 2002 GMC Yukon XL, driven by Higgins, was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 849 around a slight right hand curve. For reasons still under investigation, the vehicle traveled off the road and through a ditch where it began to rollover.
Higgins, who was unrestrained, was ejected and pronounced dead on the scene.
This crash remains under investigation. Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis.
Buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself during a vehicle crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.
In 2021, Troop F has investigated 37 fatal crashes resulting in 46 deaths.