Bogalusa man killed in single car crash

Published 4:40 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Bogalusa man died late Saturday night in a single vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 436 in Washington Parish.

Sidney Sumrall, 54, was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash occurred just before 10:30 p.m. approximately six miles north of the Franklinton city limits, Louisiana State Police Troop L investigators said.

Troopers’ investigation revealed the crash occurred as Sumrall was traveling west on La. 436 in a 1995 Chevrolet Suburban when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted off the right side of the roadway.

Upon leaving the paved road, Sumrall overcorrected to the left, causing the Suburban to cross both lanes of La. 436 before running off road to the left side of the highway. As the Chevrolet left the roadway for a second time, it impacted an embankment and overturned, ejecting Sumrall from the vehicle.

Sumrall was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office. Alcohol use is not suspected at this time, pending the results of a toxicology examination, troopers said.

Troopers remind drivers and passengers in vehicles that the proper use of occupant protection systems, including seat belts and air bags, can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Louisiana law requires every vehicle occupant, front seat and back seat, to be properly restrained day or night. Taking the time to buckle up every trip and every time is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash, they said.