LSP: One man dead following New Year’s crash, impairment suspected


A New Year’s Day crash in Beauregard Parish has claimed the life of 56-year-old Brett Burns, of Walker.

Officials with Louisiana State Police Troop D say troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash shortly after 8:30 p.m. “near the intersection of LA Hwy 110 and Beehive Loop.”

LSP said, Burns was driving west on LA Hwy 110 when his vehicle exited the roadway to the right.

According to the Louisiana State Police, the 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Burns, did not handle a left hand curve.

According to the Louisiana State Police, “investigators believe that after leaving the roadway, his vehicle struck an embankment and vaulted over the roadway before coming to rest in a ditch.”

The 56-year-old Walker resident suffered serious injuries as a result of this crash.

Burns was sent to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officials with the Louisiana State Police believe impairment played a part in this crash.

LSP said, “a toxicology sample was obtained from the driver and will be submitted for analysis.”

The investigation into this crash remains open.

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