Unrestrained Passenger Killed in Claiborne Parish Crash

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CLAIBORNE PARISH – On July 21, 2019, shortly after 5:00 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Hwy 518, just south of Louisiana Hwy 146.  This crash took the life of a Princeton man.  

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred when a 2007 Ford pickup truck, driven by 18-year-old Kara Grimm of Shreveport, traveled off the right side of the road.  Grimm overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle.  Grimm and her passenger, 23-year-old Sheldon Cruse of Princeton, were ejected from the vehicle.  

Grimm received serious injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.  Cruse received life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  

A toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.  Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences.  Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.

In 2019, Troop G has investigated 13 fatal crashes resulting in 14 deaths.


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