Two die in single-vehicle crash in Calcasieu

LAKE CHARLES (AP) — An early morning crash in Calcasieu Parish has left two men dead and critically injured a third.

Louisiana State Police say it happened at 1:17 a.m. on Louisiana 109, between Vinton and Starks.

A preliminary investigation shows

34-year-old Donald Ray Richardson, or Orange, Texas, was headed north

when he ran off the

road and hit a tree. Richardson was pronounced dead at the scene. A

rear seat passenger, 40-year-old Gregory Joseph Wilson,

of Starks, was transported to an area hospital, where he died a

short while later.

The front seat passenger, 29-year-old Venroy Anthony Ogle, of Brewster, Wash., was transported to a hospital in Beaumont,

Texas, with critical injuries.

No one in the car was wearing a seat belt, as required by law.

The crash remains under investigation.