WASHINGTON PARISH, LA — On Tuesday, July 16, shortly after 9:00 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Mitchell Road and LA 1075 approximately 3 miles south of the city limits of Bogalusa, LA. The crash took the life of the unrestrained driver, Benjamin Dykes, Jr., 37, of Bogalusa.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Dykes was traveling west on Mitchell Road in a 1991 Jeep Cherokee approaching LA 1075. Upon reaching the intersection, Dykes failed to stop and proceeded across both lanes of LA 1075 entering the west side ditch and impacting a tree with the Jeep’s front end. Dykes was not wearing a seat belt and was transported to the LSU Medical Center in Bogalusa where he was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
Driver impairment is unknown at this time pending the results of a toxicology examination.
Troopers and first responders witness every day the remarkable difference proper restraint use plays in lessening the severity of crash injuries and decreasing fatalities across our state. Wearing a seat belt every trip every time is the single most effective thing an occupant can do to protect themselves in the event of a motor vehicle crash.