Crash claims life of Sunset man

Following Press Release from State Police:

St. Landry Parish- Early this morning, Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a two vehicle crash on LA 93 south of Sunset.  The crash claimed the life of a Sunset man.

According to investigating troopers, on October 9, 2011, shortly before 1:00 a.m., 25-year-old John Broussard Cankton, LA, was driving a 2001 Mitsubishi Montero south on LA 93 near Suncan Road.  For reasons still under investigation, Broussard ran off the right side of the roadway then overcorrected causing the vehicle to roll-over.  The vehicle came to rest on its roof in the middle of the roadway.  Broussard was able to exit the vehicle but his passenger, 32-year-old Steven Francis of Sunset, LA, remained in the vehicle.

A 2004 Ford Expedition driven by 31-year-old Justin Chavis of Opelousas, LA, was traveling north on LA 93 approaching the overturned Mitsubishi.  Chavis struck the passenger side of the Mitsubishi causing both vehicles to travel off the road and into a ditch on the east side of the road.

Broussard and Chavis sustained minor injuries in the crash and were transported to a local hospital.  Francis died as a result of injuries he sustained in the second crash.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish Coroner.  Routine toxicology samples were obtained and have been submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Law requires all occupants of motor vehicles to wear their seatbelt.  While wearing a seatbelt will not save you in every crash it will greatly reduce your risk of injury in most crashes.