On-duty Vernon Parish deputy killed in construction zone crash; was not wearing seat belt

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Monday, June 24, 2013 - 3:23pm

A deputy in Vernon Parish was killed in a crash early this morning. We’re told he was on duty when it happened, but was not wearing his seat belt.

The Louisiana State Police reports that the crash happened at around 7:00 a.m. on Monday, June 24. We’re told Deputy Steven G. Netherland, 54, lost control of his vehicle while driving through a construction zone on LA Hwy 8 east of Calcasieu Loop.

Netherland’s vehicle crossed the centerline when he lost control. His car went off the road and hit two dirt compactors and a large roadway stabilizer.

Officials say Netherland was not wearing his seat belt, and he was thrown from the vehicle upon impact. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Netherland was a Louisiana State Trooper for over 22 years and was assigned to Troop E at the time of his retirement. He was currently working for the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy in the Civil Division and had been employed there for approximately one year,” a press release stated. “Netherland was highly respected among his fellow law enforcement colleagues, was a model Trooper and Deputy, always working hard towards our mission of public safety, and was always willing to help a person in need.”

Troop E Troopers have investigated 22 fatal crashes in 2013, resulting in 22 fatalities.

“Steven’s dedication, work ethic, and eagerness to help will be greatly missed.”

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