LIVINGSTON - A two-car accident claimed the life of an Independence man late Wednesday, according to a State Police news release.

Zeferino Flores, 21, was driving east on La. 442 north of Livingston just before 9 p.m. when his Chevrolet Suburban was struck by a pickup truck driven by Keith Owens, 19, also of Independence, after Owens crossed the center line, said State Police spokesman Trooper Russell Graham in the release.

Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt and both suffered serious injuries, Graham said.

The men were taken to North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, where Flores died, Graham said.

Troopers do not suspect alcohol use was a factor in the crash, but samples of both drivers were sent to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis, Graham said.