UPDATE: On November 14, 2023, Troopers with the Louisiana State Police Troop L arrested, 48-year-old Darnelle Leblanc. Troopers have continued to investigate the crash that claimed the life of 64-year-old Bryan Schexnider. As part of the ongoing investigation, it was determined that Leblanc was impaired at the time of the crash. A blood sample was obtained from the driver of the vehicle. Once released from the hospital, Leblanc was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the following charges: Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Negligent Injuring, DWI 1st offense, and other traffic-related charges. This crash remains under investigation.
Shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Monday (November 13, 2023), Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two-vehicle crash on LA 10 near LA 62 in Pine. The crash claimed the life of 64-year-old Bryan Schexnider of Mt. Hermon.
The initial investigation revealed that 48-year-old Darnelle Leblanc of Folsom was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Suburban west on LA 10 near LA 62. At the same time, a 2009 Toyota Camry was traveling east on LA 10. For reasons still under investigation, the Chevrolet crossed the center line, entered the eastbound lane of LA 10, and impacted the Toyota head-on.
As a result of this crash, Schexnider suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. The front-seat passenger of the Toyota suffered minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Leblanc suffered moderate injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Routine toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Time and time again, Troopers witness preventable motor vehicle crashes. Impairment is the cause of nearly half of the fatal crashes across Louisiana. Louisiana State Police urges motorists to have a plan that includes a designated driver. Please choose to not drive impaired or ride with an impaired driver, and always buckle up.