According to Louisiana State Police, a 20-year-old Winnsboro man was killed in a motor vehicle accident earlier this week when he was thrown from the back of a pickup truck. The driver and three other passengers were also injured in the crash.
Law enforcement responded to the crash at about 3:50 a.m. Sunday morning. The man driving the pickup truck, James Valentine, of Winnsboro, claimed to have lost control of the truck when rounding a curve. The truck reportedly ran off the right side of the road striking a tree before finally stopping.
At the time of the crash, one passenger was riding in the cab of the truck and three men were riding in the bed of the truck. Joey Anding, of Winnsboro, was thrown from the truck and later pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin Parish Coroner's office. Valentine and the three other passengers suffered only minor injuries and were taken to Franklin Parish hospital for medical attention.
After the accident, Valentine was cited for careless operation of a motor vehicle. Under Louisiana statutes , riding in the pack of a pickup truck is prohibited for passengers under the age of 12 unless there is an emergency and that child is accompanied by an adult, or unless the pickup truck were to be part of a slow procession, such as a parade. As for those over the age of 12, passengers are prohibited from riding in the bed of a pickup on an interstate highway, except in the case of an emergency.
All of the passengers in this situation were over the age of 12 and the pickup truck was not reported to be traveling on an interstate highway. Authorities do not suspect that alcohol was involved in causing the crash. According to the Louisiana State Police, there have been 24 fatal crashes in Louisiana this year resulting in 25 deaths.
20-year-old man dies in Sunday morning wreck (The News-Star.com)