Unrestrained Driver Killed in Sabine Parish Crash

Sabine Parish – A Zwolle man suffered fatal injuries after crashing his car into several trees on Wednesday.
 
On August 4, 2021, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 3229 north of Louisiana Highway 482. This crash killed 73-year-old Garlon L. Slay, of Zwolle.
 
The initial investigation revealed a 2006 Toyota Corolla, driven by Slay, was traveling northbound on Louisiana High 3229. For reasons still under investigation, Slay’s vehicle traveled off the highway and struck multiple trees.
Slay, who was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead. Slay’s passenger, who was restrained, sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
 
While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. 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. In 2021, Troop E has investigated 28 fatal crashes resulting in 29 deaths.
 
Contact Information:
M/T Casey Wallace
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (318) 239-0912
casey.wallace@la.gov

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