Natchitoches teen dies of injuries suffered in Sunday night crash


NATCHITOCHES, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – UPDATE: Wesley Rollo, 19-year-old Natchitoches man, died Tuesday from injuries suffered Sunday in a late-night one-car crash on Louisiana Highway 494, just south of Natchitoches.

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A 19-year-old Natchitoches man who survived childhood cancer and went on to become a tournament bass fishing champion is fighting for his life after suffering serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash late Sunday night.

Wesley A. Rollo, 19, was found under his car after veering off the road and striking a culvert on Louisiana Highway 494 south of Natchitoches, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Rollo, who survived cancer diagnosed when he was 12, is a championship fisherman and well-known throughout the country in the bass fishing community.  He was one of 12 high school students across the country selected Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team in April 2019, his senior year at Natchitoches Central High School.

A month later, Rollo was awarded the two-year $20,000 Dylan Kyle Poche Memorial Scholarship to Northwestern State University.  

According to the NPSO, 911 calls reporting an overturned vehicle on fire came in just after 10 p.m. Sunday. They responded immediately, as did the Louisiana State Police, the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #6

When they arrived, they found Rollo lying under his car, which was overturned and in flames. State Police and deputies were able to pull him away from the fiery crash until EMS arrived on the scene. He was rushed to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and later airlifted him to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, where he remains in critical condition.

According to LSP, who are investigating the crash, the preliminary investigation revealed Rollo, who was driving a 2009 Nissan Titan westbound on Highway 494, apparently veered off the road on the right side, went through a ditch and struck the culvert head-on.

The Nissan then overturned on its left side, becoming fully engulfed in flames.

The accident is still under investigation.

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