A man from Alexandria died Jan. 12 after crashing into a tree in Calcasieu Parish.
On Jan. 12, 2018, shortly before 5 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a single-vehicle crash on La. Hwy 12 about 6 miles from the Texas state line near the community of Starks. The initial investigation revealed a 2002 Nissan Sentra driven by Charles Bradley Roberts, 54, of Alexandria was traveling west at a high rate of speed when the vehicle traveled off the highway in a slight curve and struck a tree broadside.
Roberts, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office. No one else was in the vehicle.
A toxicology sample was obtained from Roberts and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
This is the second fatal crash investigated by Troop D this year. Excessive speed is strongly suspected of being the primary factor in both.