A Kentwood man died early Thursday after losing control of his vehicle while negotiating a curve in the road in Tangipahoa Parish, according to Louisiana State Police.
A preliminary investigation found Derek Joel Martin, 21, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier westbound on La. 1054 south of Kentwood when he veered off the roadway and struck a tree near the intersection of North River Road. The crash occurred around 4:45 a.m.
Authorities said Martin was not wearing a seat belt.
Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, while impairment is not, police said.
He was pronounced dead on scene, police said.