Downsville Man Killed in Ouachita Parish Crash

Published: 02-11-2024 | Category: Troop F

Downsville Man Killed in Ouachita Parish Crash


Drew – On Saturday, February 10, 2024, shortly before 9:00 a.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA-15 at Sambo Nelson Road.  The crash claimed the life of 46-year-old Clint Harper of Downsville.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 GMC Yukon, driven by 41-year-old Jonathan Vestal, was traveling north on LA-15.  At the same time, a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Harper, was traveling south on LA-15.  For reasons still under investigation, the Yukon crossed over the center line and struck the Tahoe. 

Harper, who was properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Vestal, who was properly restrained, received minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.  Routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while in a motor vehicle.  Never drive impaired, fatigued, or distracted.  Follow all traffic laws and always ensure that every occupant is properly restrained.  While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.

In 2024, Troop F has investigated four fatal crashes, resulting in four deaths.

Contact Information:

TFC Ryan Davis

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs Section

Office: (318) 345-2810