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UPDATE: Heart attack appears to have caused deadly crash in Madison Parish

The crash happened on November 4

MADISON PARISH, La.- - On November 4, Louisiana State Police investigated a deadly crash on U.S. Highway 80 four miles east of Tallulah. Today, the family of the man killed sent us a crash report from State Police that says a heart attack appears to be what caused the crash.

According to crash report, 68 year-old Hoyt McKnight was killed when his SUV ran off the road and hit a tree. In the original press release from State Police, they stated McKnight was not wearing a seat belt.

Further into the report, the trooper investigating the crash spoke with Madison Parish Coroner Dr. Thomas Neuman. Dr. Neuman stated he believed the driver "had died of a heart attack or other medical issue before the crash occured." Below is the narrative from the trooper who investigated the crash.

McKnight's family also told us he was man of over 300 pounds, and could not wear a seat belt. 

There will be a memorial for him on December 2 at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Tallulah.


Original story from November 4, 2017

(State Police Press Release) An unrestrained man lost his life this afternoon after the vehicle he was driving traveled off the road and struck a large tree.       

Shortly after 2:15 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single-vehicle crash on US Highway 80 approximately 4 miles east of Tallulah.  The preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Nissan XTerra, driven by 68-year-old Hoyt McKnight of Sugar Land, TX, was traveling west on US 80 when the vehicle he was driving traveled off the left side of the road and struck a large tree.  

McKnight, who was not restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Madison Parish Coroner’s Office.     

A toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seatbelt use.  Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up.  Statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained.  Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

In 2017, Troop F has investigated 29 fatal crashes resulting in 30 deaths.

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