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08/24/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/24/2019 16:58

Excessive Speed and Lack of Seatbelt Usage Factors in Fatal Crash

TROOP D NEWS RELEASE

August 24, 2019

Excessive Speed and Lack of Seatbelt Usage Factors in Fatal Crash


Moss Bluff, LA - On August 24, 2019, shortly before 6:15 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 378 (Sam Houston Jones Pkwy) near LA Hwy 378 Spur in Calcasieu Parish. The crash claimed the life of 22-year-old Austin M. Boudreaux of Lake Charles, LA.

The initial investigation revealed a 2000 Buick Century driven by Boudreaux was traveling east on LA Hwy 378 at a high rate of speed. The Buick crossed the centerline and entered the westbound lane of travel as it rounded a right hand curve. After entering the westbound lane of travel, the Buick struck the front of a 1994 Chevrolet pickup truck with its right side. Boudreaux was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle.

Boudreaux sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck was properly restrained and was transported to a Lake Charles area hospital with moderate injuries. Impairment is unknown, but toxicology samples were taken from both drivers for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. There is no further information available at this time.

Time and time again, Troopers witness preventable motor vehicle crashes. Impairment and lack of seat belt usage are primary causes of fatal crashes across the state of Louisiana. Nearly half of the fatal crashes in Louisiana are caused by impaired drivers. Speeding reduces a driver's ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway. Speeding also extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle and can lead to a more serious collision in cases where the vehicle strikes another object. Troopers encourage motorists to observe the speed limit and to drive at a speed that is safe for prevailing road and weather conditions.

Contact Information:
Trooper Derek Senegal
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section-Troop D
Office: (337) 491-2519
[email protected]