Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a three-vehicle fatality crash on U.S. Hwy. 371, south of La. Hwy. 802 near Sarepta.
The crash claimed the life of 68-year-old Bobby Neal of Shreveport.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Ford F-150, driven by 26-year-old Kendall Hampton of Haynesville, was traveling south on U.S. Hwy 371. At the same time, a 2017 Ford Focus, driven by Neal, was stopped, waiting to enter U.S. Hwy 371 from a parking lot. For reasons still under investigation, Hampton exited the roadway and struck Neal. The initial impact caused Neal to strike a parked, unoccupied 1999 Dodge Durango.
All occupants were unrestrained. Neal was transported Springhill Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. A passenger in the Ford Focus was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital. Hampton suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Impairment is not a suspected factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were collected from both drivers and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.