The crash happened Thursday, Nov. 8 just before 8:30 a.m.
Lala was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, troopers said.
The crash occurred as Lala was traveling west on LA 442 in his 1999 Dodge Ram. For unknown reasons, the pickup truck drifted left across both the centerline and eastbound lane before running off the road to the south side of the highway.
Upon leaving the paved roadway, the Dodge pickup crossed the roadside ditch and struck a utility pole with its right front corner.
As a result of striking the pole, the vehicle rotated in a counterclockwise direction and overturned partially ejecting the unrestrained driver.
Lala was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Investigating Troopers do not suspect driver impairment to be a factor in the crash, pending the results of a toxicology exam.