On April 29, 2021, at 11:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 528 at Newt Brown Road.  This crash took the life of 43-year-old Nathan Paul Shull, of Minden.

The investigation revealed a 2006 Dodge pickup, driven by Shull, was traveling east on Louisiana Highway 528.  For reasons not known as of now, Shull’s vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Shull, who was unrestrained by his seatbelt, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. Impairment is suspected to be a factor in this crash. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

The Louisiana State police released a statement about the importance of seatbelts, and the dangers of driving impaired:

"Louisiana State Police would like to remind all motorists that if you feel differently, you drive differently. Alcohol, prescription medications, and other drugs have many negative effects on the body that can impair driving skills. These drugs can impair visual ability, alter the sense of time and space, impair fine motor skills needed to operate a motor vehicle, and decrease reaction times. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Not doing so can have deadly consequences.

While not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death."

In 2021, Troop G State Troopers investigated six fatal crashes resulting in six fatalities.

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