Unrestrained passenger dies in Allen Parish Crash

Unrestrained passenger dies in Allen Parish Crash
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POSTED: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 23, 2013 - 2:04pm

On August 22 shortly after 11:00 p.m., State Troopers responded to a vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Kinder man.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Chevrolet pick-up driven by 18-year-old Joshua James McGrit of Oberlin was traveling south on Lauderdale Woodyard Road when the vehicle he was driving ran off the road and struck a utility pole on the passenger side. The vehicle then continued through a yard before striking a vehicle parked outside a residence.

The sole passenger in the vehicle, 25-year-old Christopher Anny of Kinder, was pronounced dead at the scene. McGrit was transported to a Lake Charles hospital with moderate injuries. Neither was wearing a seatbelt.

Impairment on the part of McGrit is suspected to be a factor in the crash. McGrit was released from the hospital this morning and was booked into the Allen Parish Jail for vehicular homicide, DWI, careless operation, and failure to wear a seatbelt. The investigation is continuing.

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