Natchitoches Parish – Late Sunday night, a single-vehicle crash severely injured a teenager from Natchitoches, LA. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed the crash occurred on LA Hwy 494, which involved a 2009 Nissan pickup, driven by 19-year-old Wesley A. Rollo. The Nissan was westbound on LA Hwy 494 when Rollo lost control, exited the right side of the roadway and impacted a culvert. As a result, the Nissan overturned causing Rollo to be ejected.
Rollo sustained severe injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Earlier today, Rollo succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists that properly wearing your seat belt is one of the most importance decisions that a motorist can make. While not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop E Troopers have investigated 14 fatal crashes in 2020, resulting in 16 fatalities.