Mississippi man killed in head-on Washington Parish crash

Published 10:27 am Tuesday, November 1, 2022

On Monday morning, shortly after 2:45 a.m., troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 25 near Louisiana Highway 438 in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of Lavon Givens, 61, of Jayess, Miss., according to LSP Trooper William Huggins.

Huggins said the initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Givens was traveling southbound on Highway 25 in a 1998 Peterbilt 379. At the same time, a 2019 Jeep Renegade was reportedly traveling northbound on Highway 25.

For reasons still under investigation, the Peterbilt impacted the Jeep head-on in the northbound lane of Highway 25, Huggins said. After impact, the Peterbilt reportedly ran off of the roadway and became fully engulfed in flames.

At this time, restraint use is unknown for Givens and the driver of the Jeep, Hugging said, noting that Givens sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Jeep sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash, Huggins said. The driver of the Jeep was then transported to a local hospital.

Huggins said that impairment is unknown and routine toxicology results are pending for both drivers. This crash remains under investigation.