13-year-old boy dies in ATV accident on Hwy 90

The following Press Release is from State Police:

IBERIA PARISH- Last night, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a fatal crash on US Highway 90 near Darnell Road which has claimed the life of a 13-year-old Jeanerette boy.

According to investigating Troopers, on October 11, 2013, at 7:47 p.m., 13-year-old Benjamin Oliver was driving a 2012 Yamaha four-wheeler east on US Highway 90 Frontage Road.  A 2012 GMC SUV, driven by 49-year-old Linda Moreaux of Franklin, was traveling east on US Highway 90.  For reasons still under investigation, Oliver traveled through the median which separated the Frontage Road and the Highway and was struck by Moreaux's vehicle.

Oliver was not wearing a helmet and was ejected from the four-wheeler. He was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.  Oliver succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.  Moreaux was wearing a seat belt and was transported to a hospital with minor injuries.

It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation.

Troopers remind ATV operators about the importance of wearing a helmet when riding an ATV.  Appropriate helmets can help to reduce injuries sustained to riders in the event of a crash.  Information about Louisiana State Law regarding ATV operation on public roadways can be found at http://legis.la.gov/lss/lss.asp?doc=88237.

Last year, 62% of the fatal crashes investigated by Troop I involved some form of impairment.  While results are still pending in this crash, Troopers remind drivers about the dangers of impaired driving.  Even after having just one drink, decision making abilities are hindered.  Make the responsible decision every time, don't drink and drive.