Unrestrained driver dies after being ejected by two-vehicle crash

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 1:00pm

A 56-year-old man died last night in a two-vehicle crash on US 190. Officials say the man was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and he was ejected from the vehicle.

The Louisiana State Police report that the incident occurred at roughly 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. We’re told Ronnie L. Sproles, 56, was driving on US 190 and then attempted to turn left through a guardrail barrier opening. Sproles was hit by a vehicle being driven by a 36-year-old man from Opelousas.

Officials say Sproles was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of impact. He was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The second driver sustained moderate injuries.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seatbelt use. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.


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