Following Press Release from Louisiana State Police:
Iberia Parish- A non-contact hit and run crash on US Highway 90 east of LA Highway 675 has left one man dead and Troopers looking for a second vehicle.
Last night at 10:22 p.m., a black 2006 Mercedes Benz was being driven at a high rate of speed on US 90 in the left lane. For reasons still under investigation, an unknown vehicle changed lanes from the right lane into the path of the Mercedes. In an attempt to avoid the other vehicle the driver of the Mercedes steered to the left, traveled into the median, struck a culvert causing his vehicle to overturn. After the vehicle overturned it caught fire. Once the fire was extinguished, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene by the Iberia Parish Coroner. Troopers were unable to determine if the driver was restrained when the crash occurred.
It is unknown if either driver was impaired when the crash occurred. Routine toxicology samples have been obtained from the driver of the Mercedes and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
The search for the other vehicle continues. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call State Police at 337-262-5880 or *LSP (*577). Troopers are working to notify the next-of-kin for the driver of the Mercedes. This crash remains under investigation.
Impairment and lack of seat belt use continues to be leading factors in fatal crashes throughout Acadiana. Wearing a seat belt properly can greatly reduce a person's risk of injury in most crashes. Seat belts allow crash forces to be spread across a large area of the body allowing a person to ride down the crash. Unrestrained persons are at a greater risk of sustaining severe or fatal injuries in a crash than a person who is restrained. Buckle up every time in every seating position. Not only is it the law, but it's the best way to survive a crash.