Passenger dies in crash with commercial truck

Published 5:55 am Thursday, June 2, 2022

Ragley – On June 1, 2022, shortly before 5:00 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash near the intersection of LA Hwy 12 and Pierce Road in Beauregard Parish. The crash claimed the life of 30-year-old David J. Riley of DeRidder.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2021 Chevrolet Express FedEx truck, driven by 21-year-old Taylor A. Maye of Lake Charles, was traveling west on LA 12. For reasons still under investigation, Maye crossed the center line into the opposing lane of travel and attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone. At the same time, a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling east on LA 12 and was sideswiped by the FedEx truck.
Despite being properly restrained, Riley suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the FedEx truck and the driver of the Chevrolet, who were both properly restrained, sustained minor injuries and were transported to area hospitals for treatment. Toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted, always ensure every occupant is properly restrained, and follow all traffic laws. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop D has investigated 9 fatal crashes resulting in 10 deaths in 2022.