Starks man dies in single-vehicle accident

By Special to the American Press

Calcasieu Parish had its first traffic fatality of the year on Jan. 1, authorities said.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said 40-year-old Alvin Hodges was killed when the vehicle he was driving crashed at the intersection of Evangeline Highway and Second Street in Starks.

Hodges, of Starks, and a passenger were traveling westbound on Evangeline Highway when he appeared to have crossed the center line and run off the road, striking a culvert, Myers said. The car flipped and came to rest on its roof in a ditch, she said.

Myers said a passenger was taken to an Alexandria hospital, where she is listed in moderate but stable condition.

Neither Hodges nor the passenger was wearing a seatbelt, Myers said.