Unrestrained Bastrop Man Killed in Morehouse Parish Crash, Speed and Impairment Suspected

Published: 04-17-2023 | Category: Troop F

Bastrop – On Sunday, April 16, 2023, shortly after 11:30 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a one-vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 140 at LA Hwy 591. This crash claimed the life of 39-year-old Joshua Black from Bastrop. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Black, was traveling east on LA Hwy 140, at a high rate of speed. For reasons still under investigation, the Silverado exited the roadway, overturned, and struck an embankment. 

Black, who was unrestrained, suffered life-threating injuries as a result of the crash. He was transported to Morehouse Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.

Impairment is suspected to be a factor in this crash. Routine toxicology samples were collected from Black 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 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 2023, Troop F has investigated 13 fatal crashes, which have resulted in 14 fatalities. 

Contact Information: 
TPR LeAnn Hodges
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs - Troop G
Office: (318) 741-7409