Louisiana high school football player dies in car crash

Sad news from Pointe Coupee Parish: A West Feliciana High School football player died after running off the road and into a tree early Friday morning.

According to Louisiana State Police, Rayshon Franklin Jr., 17, was driving a 2007 Toyota Camry eastbound on LA 78 just west of LA 1 near Parlange around 5:30 a.m. when he left the road and went into a ditch, flipped the vehicle and struck a tree.

Franklin was wearing a seat belt but was pronounced dead at the scene.

The St. Francisville teen was beginning his senior year at West Feliciana High School, where he played football and ran track.

Head football coach Devin Ducote told Baton Rouge television station WBRZ that Franklin was highly regarded among his teammates and coaches.

“Rayshon was a great kid. He was very respectful, he worked hard. He was a guy that always said ‘yes sir,’ ‘no sir,’ and he was quiet, but he always had a big smile on his face. His teammates loved him and appreciated him as well,” Ducote said.

Franklin was born and raised in St. Francisville. Ducote says the young man was more than just an athlete or a student and will leave a profound impact.

“We’ve lost a family member… The important thing for us now is to make sure these kids know they’re loved. They know Rayshon was revered in this program. They know they’re part of a family and a brotherhood that means something bigger than themselves. We’re going to focus on that and we’re going to love them and give them everything we can every day.”

Soldiers said they do not suspect any impairment, but standard toxicology samples will be taken for analysis.

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