Troopers looking for vehicle that caused fatal crash - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Troopers looking for vehicle that caused fatal crash

Posted: Updated:
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Family united with old family photos

    Family united with old family photos

    Family united with old family photos

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:53:17 GMT
    A Lake Charles man, Rick Buller, found old photo wheels with picture slides where his aunt works, Brussard Gregg and Neal Bookkeeping and Tax Service in Lake Charles. These photos became a mission for him to find out whose they were.More >>
    A Lake Charles man, Rick Buller, found old photo wheels with picture slides where his aunt works, Brussard Gregg and Neal Bookkeeping and Tax Service in Lake Charles. These photos became a mission for him to find out whose they were.More >>
  • Authorities investigating St. Mary Drive shooting

    Authorities investigating St. Mary Drive shooting

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:15:10 GMT
    Authorities are investigating a Sunday shooting in the 1300 block of St. Mary Drive in Lake Charles.More >>
    Authorities are investigating a Sunday shooting in the 1300 block of St. Mary Drive in Lake Charles.More >>
  • AAR signs deal with major company

    AAR signs deal with major company

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:40:46 GMT
    AAR says it has signed with a major carrier to begin employing mechanics in Lake Charles in the next few months. More >>
    AAR says it has signed with a major carrier to begin employing mechanics in Lake Charles in the next few months.  More >>

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.

Powered by WorldNow