1 teenager, 1 elderly man killed in 2 accidents in NELA community

MONROE, La. (KNOE) — Louisiana State Police — Troop F is investigating two separate vehicular accidents that occurred in the communities of Ouachita and Franklin on Saturday morning.

A teenager and an elderly man died in both accidents. In 2022, Troop F investigated 28 fatal crashes that killed 31, according to state police.

Public Information Officer Javier Leija of LSP – Troop F sent information about the two crashes in northeast Louisiana to KNOE 8 News just before 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2022:

CALHOUN, La. – On Saturday, November 19, 2022, just after 11:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a one-vehicle accident that occurred on LA Highway 151 north of Clark Springs Road. This crash claimed the life of 17-year-old Landon Garsee from Eros.

The preliminary investigation determined that a 2003 Ford Ranger, driven by Garsee, was traveling south on LA Hwy 151. For reasons that are still under investigation, the Ford left the roadway and struck a guardrail, causing it to overturn.

Garsee, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ouachita Municipality Coroner’s Office. Another passenger who was not wearing a seat belt suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. A toxicological sample was taken and submitted for analysis. This crash is still under investigation.

BASKIN, La. – At approximately 11:45 a.m. Saturday, November 19, 2022, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two-vehicle accident that occurred on US Highway 425 south of LA Highway 867. This accident claimed the life of 78-year-old Rayville resident James A. Hales.

The preliminary investigation found that a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Archibald’s 36-year-old Cody A. Jones was traveling south on US Hwy 425. At the same time, a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Hales slowed to make a right turn onto a private driveway. For reasons still under investigation, Jones hit the rear end of the Chevrolet, causing both vehicles to go off the lane.

Hales, who was being held, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Jones, who was not wearing a seat belt, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. There is no suspicion of impairment; however, routine toxicology samples were submitted for analysis. This crash is still under investigation.

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