Morehouse Parish – On January 18, 2021, shortly before 11:45 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 165 north of the Ouachita Parish line. This crash killed 61-year-old Victor Kennedy of Bastrop.
The initial investigation revealed a 2018 Toyota Tundra, driven by Kennedy, was traveling southbound in the outside lane of U.S. Highway 165. For reasons still under investigation, Kennedy’s vehicle crossed into the inside travel lane and struck the rear of a southbound 2013 Peterbilt tractor-trailer.
Kennedy, who was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the crash. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself during a vehicle crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.
In 2021, Troop F has investigated three fatal crashes resulting in four deaths.