State Police said the crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m. on La. 363 when the truck driven by Chauncey Hesnor, 19, left the road in a curve near La. 748.
After traveling off the road, Hesnor’s vehicle struck two cement culverts, overturned and came to rest in a ditch.
Hesnor sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. His passenger, Alex Reed, 19, of Ville Platte was killed.
Troopers suspect Hesnor was impaired by alcohol. Toxicology samples were obtained from Hesnor and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
When he is released from the hospital, Hesnor will be booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail for vehicular homicide, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, no seatbelt and open alcoholic container.
This crash remains under investigation.