State Police investigate fatal crash on I-49, North of Lena

Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a two-vehicle crash on July 14 around 11 pm on I-49 northbound near mile post 110. This crash killed 28-year-old Donovan Mitchell of Natchez.
The initial investigation revealed that a 2000 Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Mitchell, was northbound on I-49. For reasons still under investigation, Mitchell’s vehicle experienced a malfunction (tire) and lost control. The vehicle subsequently exited the roadway and rear-ended a commercial vehicle parked beyond the northbound shoulder.
Mitchell, who was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the commercial vehicle was not injured in the crash. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis.
Although 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.
In 2023, Troop E has investigated 31 fatal crashes resulting in 36 deaths.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriffs Deputies, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS, Natchitoches Parish Fire District # 1 and the Natchitoches Parish Coroners Office responded to the scene. Life Team Air EVAC helicopter was also placed on stand-by.