UPDATE — Police identify driver killed in fiery crash

Published 9:14 am Thursday, December 28, 2023

UPDTAE — The driver has been identified as 46-year-old Jessie Michael Richard of Lake Charles.

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HAYES, La. — Shortly after 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Louisiana State Police Troop D began investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 14, approximately 2.5 miles south of Hayes.

The crash claimed the life of an unidentified driver.

The initial investigation revealed the driver of a pickup truck was traveling north on LA 14.

For reasons unknown, the pickup truck crossed the centerline then traveled off the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the pickup truck became engulfed in flames.

The unidentified driver was unable to exit the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Positive identification for the driver is pending.

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