In 2021, 61 people have died in crashes investigated by Louisiana State Police Troop I.

The latest of those deadly crashes claimed the life of a Port Barre.

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It happened around 10:15 Thursday night on LA 742 near Odom Avenue just outside Port Barre town limits.

According to state troopers, Jonathon Paul Whaley ran his pickup truck off the road in a curve and hit a tree. Whaley died at the scene. Troopers say Whaley was not wearing a seat belt. They also believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Toxicology reports are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

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