Sorrento crash leaves unrestrained driver dead, another injured

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An unrestrained driver died after his car crossed the center line on LA Hwy 70 in Sorrento and struck another vehicle shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

James Elphage, 38, of Baton Rouge, was traveling eastbound when his Hyundai Sonata hit a Chevrolet Tahoe head-on. Elphage was unrestrained and sustained serious injuries at the time of the crash.

Elphage died after being transported to a local hospital.

The driver of the Tahoe was properly restrained and sustained serious injuries. She was transported to a local hospital.

Toxicology samples were taken from both drivers for analysis, but impairment is currently unknown.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to inform motorists that never driving impaired, ensuring all occupants are properly restrained and avoiding distractions can mean the difference between life and death.

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