Denham Springs man killed in early morning crash

PINE GROVE — Louisiana State Police is investigating a crash that killed a Denham Springs man Thursday morning.

State police say, Justin Ruiz, 28, was killed after his car crashed into a Peterbilt on LA Hwy 16.

Officials say Ruiz was headed west on the eastbound shoulder of LA 16 while the Peterbilt was going traveling in the eastbound lane. Ruiz’s car crossed from the shoulder into the eastbound lane before crashing into the Peterbilt.

State police say Ruiz was not buckled and he died at the scene. The Peterbilt driver was wearing a seatbelt, had minor injuries, and was transported to a local hospital.

As part of the ongoing investigation, routine toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. 

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