Earlier this morning at approximately 12:15am, troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a single-vehicle, fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 395, close to Bucklin Road in Jefferson Davis Parish.

Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle, 34-year-old Roy Mallett, succumbed to injuries from the crash. Mallet was driving a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck. For some reason, the truck crossed the center lane and ran off the left side of the roadway and entered a ditch. The truck then traveled back across the roadway and ran to the side of the road where it struck the embankment of a ditch and rolled over.

Mallett was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was partially ejected from the vehicle. A toxicology sample was taken at the scene and will be submitted for analysis.

Remember, Louisiana state law requires vehicle occupants to be properly restrained in all seating positions, day or night. Statistics have shown the chances of survival rise when proper use of the seat belt is in place, and there are known to be consequences if a seat belt is not worn.

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