A Lake Charles man died on Sunday morning due to injuries sustained during a crash involving the vehicle he was driving after it left the roadway and struck a tree.

According to a media release, the Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to the crash on Sunday, October 14, 2018, sometime before 3 am, on LA Hwy 3256, east of LA Hwy 397 in Calcasieu Parish. A 2012 Kia Rio traveling east of Hwy 3256 near Hungerford Road entered a left-hand curve and exited the roadway, where it then struck a tree. The crash caused the driver, Errol J. Wilson II, 32, "to be partially ejected". He was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation. A routine toxicology sample was taken from Wilson.

"Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that while not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death."

So far in 2018, there have reportedly been 22 fatal crashes that resulted in 22 deaths.

This crash personally hits close to home for me, considering my relationship with the victim. I've known him all of his life, so I ask that everyone prays for his family as they deal with the loss of their loved one.

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