The following is a news release from the Louisiana State Police:
During the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, the Louisiana State Police investigated six fatal crashes resulting in eight deaths.
The LSP reports that number is up from last year's four fatal crashes resulting in four deaths last Memorial Day weekend.
Among the crashes investigated were the following:
Troop A (Baton Rouge): A two-vehicle crash on LA 42 resulted in one death and one serious injury. This crashed occurred when a vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Alcohol was not suspected, and only one of the drivers was wearing a seat belt.
Troop B (New Orleans): A two-vehicle crash on US 61 resulted in three deaths and two persons left in critical condition. The crash occurred when a vehicle crossed the median into oncoming traffic and was struck. Speed and impairment are suspected to be factors in the crash. One of the deaths, a passenger, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.
Troop C (Houma): A single-vehicle crash on Deadwood Road resulted in one death. This crash involved a vehicle that lost control and struck a tree. The passenger in the vehicle, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown into the windshield and pronounced dead on the scene. Impairment is suspected to be a factor in the crash.
Troop D (Lake Charles): No fatal crashes.
Troop E (Alexandria): A UTV crash on Parhams Road resulted in one death. The crash involved a UTV that overturned and ejected the driver, who was pronounced dead on the scene.
Troop F (Monroe): No fatal crashes.
Troop G (Shreveport): No fatal crashes.
Troop I (Lafayette): A single-vehicle crash on I-49 resulted in one death. This crash involved a vehicle that traveled off the roadway and struck a tree. The driver, who was unrestrained, was pronounced dead on the scene.
Troop L (Mandeville): A four-vehicle crash on LA 445 resulted in one death. The crash involved a hit and run vehicle and a moped operator, who was not wearing a helmet, that was ejected and pronounced dead on the scene. Troopers suspect impairment on the part of the moped operator, and the crash is still under investigation.
Motorists that witness hazardous situations are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the Louisiana State Police.