Teen Driver Killed in East Feliciana Parish Crash

Published 9:40 am Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Clinton – On June 6, 2023, shortly after 9:30 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single-vehicle crash on LA 10 west of LA 961 in East Feliciana Parish. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 16-year-old Owen Fudge of Ethel.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Fudge was headed west at a high rate of speed on LA 10.   For reasons still being investigated, Fudge failed to negotiate a left hand curve, ran off the roadway, and struck a tree.

Despite being properly restrained at the time of the crash, Fudge suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Impairment is not suspected; however a routine toxicology sample was obtained for scientific analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

A high rate of speed increases the forces of impact when there is a crash. This severely diminishes the effectiveness of occupant protection systems like seat belts and airbags.  Speeding also increases the required stopping distances and decreases the amount of time available to react to changing road conditions. All motorist should be vigilant in following all road safety laws.