WHITE CASTLE - A man was killed when a rear-end collision threw him from the bed of a pickup truck and into the path of the vehicle that struck his, State Police reported Saturday.

Hayward J. McKnight, 27, of Plaquemine, died about 6:40 p.m. Friday on La. 1, just south of La. 69, State Police spokeswoman Trooper Melissa Matey said in a news release.

McKnight was in the bed of a 1994 Mazda pickup driven by Charles Duncan, 62, of White Castle, the release says.

As Duncan slowed to turn left onto Mayor Doc Fole Street, a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup driven by William Lefeaux, 57, of Maringouin, struck the rear of the Mazda, the release says.

McKnight was thrown from the bed of the Mazda and hit by the Ford, the release says.

It is not illegal for people over 13 years of age to ride in pickup truck beds, Matey’s release says. “However, the chances of surviving a crash are very low,” she says in the release.

The drivers and passengers inside the pickups were properly restrained, the release says.

Alcohol is not suspected of influencing Lefeaux, the release says. “However, it is suspected for Duncan,” Matey’s release says.

Charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing, the release says.