Welsh–Last night (September 24), at 9:45 p.m., troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a fatal crash on U.S Highway 90 west of Welsh in Jefferson Davis Parish that claimed the life of an Abbeville man.
According to investigating troopers, 21-year-old Christian R. Dubois of Abbeville, LA was traveling east on U.S. 90 when, for unknown reasons, the 1999 Chevrolet Lumina he was driving traveled off the south edge of the roadway. After running off edge of the road, his vehicle continued east about 100 feet before striking a mailbox. The vehicle then traveled across both lanes of the highway and then rolled over several times before stopping.
Dubois, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. It is believed that his injuries were fatal at this point. A routine toxicology sample was obtained from Dubois for analysis.
Another vehicle that was traveling west on U.S. 90 then traveled over Dubois's body. The driver of the second vehicle stopped at the scene and subsequently submitted a chemical sample which indicated no alcohol in his system. He was not charged and the crash remains under investigation.
Last year in our state, fifty-nine percent of people who died in crashes were not properly restrained. Motorists who are ejected or partially ejected during crashes frequently suffer serious injuries or death. Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to enhance their safety while traveling in an SUV, truck, car, or van.
Louisiana state law requires all occupants of a motor vehicle to wear their seatbelt properly, front seat and back seat, day or night. Buckle up Louisiana. Every trip. Every time.