A Natchitoches teenager sustained what would become fatal injuries in a single-vehicle crash south of Natchitoches Sunday, May 3 at approximately 10:02 p.m. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #6 responded to 911 reports of an overturned vehicle on fire with injuries on La. Hwy 494 south of Natchitoches.
According to Louisiana State Police, the preliminary investigation revealed Wesley A. Rollo, 19, of Natchitoches was operating a 2009 Nissan Titan traveling westbound on La. Hwy 494 when he apparently left the roadway on the right side, travelled through a ditch and struck a culvert head-on.
The vehicle then overturned on its left side and became fully engulfed in flames. Rollo was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and was found lying under the vehicle. State Police and deputies pulled Rollo away from the crash until EMS arrived.
He was transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria in serious condition. Rollo succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead May 5.
S/T D. Morvant assigned to Louisiana State Police, Troop-E Alexandria investigated the crash. The crash remains under investigation.
Troop E Troopers have investigated 14 fatal crashes in 2020, resulting in 16 fatalities.