Shortly before 3:45 a.m. yesterday morning, Louisiana State Police Troopers responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash on US Hwy 171, just south of Lumas Road in Beauregard Parish. The initial investigation revealed a 2011 Dodge pickup truck, driven by 21-year-old LaMya R. Scott of DeRidder, was traveling north on US 171 when the truck traveled off the left side of the road and entered the center median. The Dodge then traveled back onto the roadway, ran off the roadway for a second time, entered the center median, and overturned.
Despite being properly restrained, passenger Chaniya Piper, 21 of DeRidder suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Scott, who was properly restrained, sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a Lake Charles area hospital for treatment.
The other two occupants in the vehicle were properly restrained and sustained minor injuries.
A toxicology sample was obtained from Scott and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.