26-year-old Laura Lee Reeves of Lake Charles was killed Monday morning when state troopers say she failed to yield the right-of-way to a commercial truck and was struck in the intersection of Sam Dunham Road at La. Highway 27 north of Sulphur.

Troopers responded to the incident shortly before 6:00 a.m. Authorities say Reeves was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. Meanwhile, the driver of the commercial truck was wearing a seatbelt and only suffered minor to moderate injuries.

"Louisiana law requires motorists to wear a seat belt in every seating position, front seat and back seat, day and night," says spokesman Sgt. James Anderson. "While every crash is not survivable, wearing a seat belt is the most effective thing vehicle occupants can do to minimize the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Motorists are encouraged to make the smart choice and to always wear their seat belt."

Officers took toxicology samples from the drivers and continue to investigate the crash.