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Unrestrained Castor man killed in Bienville Parish crash

by Minden Press-Herald

On Friday, April 19, 2024, shortly after 11:30 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 507 just west of Castor. This crash claimed the life of 49-year-old Tommy Gray.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche, driven by Gray, was traveling south on LA Hwy 507. For reasons still under investigation, the Avalanche exited the roadway to the right and overturned. 

As a result of this crash, Gray, who was unrestrained, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Bienville Parish Coroner’s Office. Although impairment is not suspected, routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. 

Buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself while driving or riding in a vehicle. It can reduce the risk of serious injury or death in the event of a crash, and it only takes seconds to do so. Always remember to buckle up before starting your journey, no matter how short the trip may be.

In 2024, Troop G has investigated six fatal crashes, resulting in seven deaths.

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