Unrestrained man killed in DeSoto Parish crash, impairment suspected

Published 7:40 am Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Logansport – On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, just before 12:00 a.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a one-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 191, just south of Pierce Road. This crash claimed the life of 40-year-old Jon Temple, who was not wearing a seat belt.
The initial investigation revealed a 2009 GMC Sierra, driven by Temple, was traveling north on LA Hwy 191. For reasons still under investigation, Temple exited the roadway and struck a tree.
Temple, who was not unrestrained, was fatally injured as a result of this crash and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the DeSoto Parish Coroner.
Impairment is suspected to be a factor in this crash. Routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Time and time again, Troopers witness preventable motor vehicle crashes. Impairment and lack of seat belt usage are primary causes of crashes across the state of Louisiana. Louisiana State Police urge motorists to have a plan in place that includes a designated driver when consuming alcohol. Alcohol can impair visual ability, alter the sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills, and decrease reaction times. Alcohol can begin to impair a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle after just one drink. Please choose to not drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver, and always buckle up.
In 2022, Troop G has investigated 13 fatal crashes, resulting in 14 deaths.