Earlier today, a crash involving two vehicles killed a man from Leesville. He was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected during the crash.

Troopers responded to the crash around 9:45 a.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 10, east of Pitkin.

The crash involved a 1995 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Timothy W. Phillips, 54, and a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, registered to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Ford was driven by Cameron R. Smith, 23, of Pitkin.

The Ford was westbound on LA Hwy 10 when the Chevrolet exited a private driveway, onto LA Hwy 10, and attempted to proceed west. This action placed the Chevrolet in the path of the Ford and resulted in the Ford colliding with it. After the initial collision, the Chevrolet exited the right side of the roadway and collided with a speed limit sign, before colliding with a dirt embankment, ejecting the driver.

Phillips was pronounced dead. His only passenger, identified as Brenda L. Wright, 52, of Pitkin, was not wearing a seat belt and received minor injuries. She was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center.

Smith was wearing his seat belt. He received minor injuries, but refused medical aid.

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 will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. They ask that drivers to take one second to “buckle up!”

Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up.

Not wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes.

Troop E Troopers have investigated 28 fatal crashes in 2017, resulting in 34 fatalities.