Head-on collision claims one life, injures two

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A 73-year-old Dodson man died, and two were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Rapides Parish.

Wayne D. Pray died as a result of his injuries and 42-year-old Jessie Doughty of Dodson, and Alex Ekermeyer, 26, of Alexandria were injured. Louisiana State Police Troop E troopers who worked the accident say none of the victims were wearing seatbelts.

Just before 3 p.m. Saturday, LSP troopers responded to reports of an accident on on Louisiana Hwy 496, west of Robinson Road.

The crash involved a 2013 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Ekermeyer and a 2018 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Doughty.

Ekermeyer was driving westbound on Highway 496 when he lost control and crossed the centerline into the opposing lane, causing him to collide head-on with the eastbound Chevrolet being driven by Doughty.

Both Ekermeyer and Doughty received moderate injuries and were transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center for treatment. Pray was pronounced dead at the scene.

Routine toxicology tests and charges 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.

We ask you 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.

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