Jena Man Dies in UTV Crash

A 36-year-old Jena man was killed early Sunday morning, May 26, 2013, in a crash involving a UTV vehicle.

Troopers responded to the wreck around 1:15 a.m., Sunday morning, which occurred on Parhams Road near LA Hwy 600 in Catahoula Parish.

The crash involved a Polaris UTV driven by Benjamin “Ben” Doyle Hailey, 36, of Jena.

The Polaris was westbound on Parhams Road when Hailey apparently lost control and exited the right side of the road. After exiting the roadway, Hailey overcorrected the UTV, which caused it to begin overturning. Hailey was not wearing a seatbelt or helmet. He was ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remained under investigation at press time on Monday, May 27, 2013.

Troopers remind the public that it is dangerous and illegal to operate off-road vehicles (i.e., three-wheelers, four-wheelers, and other all-terrain vehicles) on any public roadway in the state.

Troop E Troopers have investigated 18 fatal crashes in 2013.