Sorrento man killed in St. James Parish crash

Published 2:46 pm Sunday, June 16, 2019

CONVENT — Victor Ingraham, 41, of Sorrento, was killed Saturday afternoon in a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 44 south of Highway 70 in St. James Parish.

The accident occurred shortly after 5 p.m., according to Louisiana State Police Troop A.

Initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Ingraham was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 44 in a 2007 Honda Accord.

At the same time, John Chauvin, 44, of Labadieville was traveling northbound on LA Hwy 44 in a 2012 Ford F150.

For reasons still under investigation, Ingraham passed another southbound vehicle in a no passing zone. After overtaking that vehicle, the Honda ran off the right side of the roadway.

After traveling off of the roadway, the Honda rotated across the northbound lane into the path of Chauvin’s Ford. This resulted in the Honda striking the Ford on its passenger side.

Though properly restrained, Ingraham sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased on scene by the St. James Parish Coroner’s Office.

Impairment is not suspected by Ingraham, authorities said. However, a toxicology sample was obtained from him and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Chauvin was properly restrained and sustained minor injuries, according to Louisiana State Police. Investigators said Chauvin was given a chemical breath test and showed no signs of impairment.

This crash remains under investigation, State Police said.

“Motorists should always be cognizant of their surroundings and obey posted traffic control signs,” Louisiana State Police said in a press release. “Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and obeying all traffic laws can often mean the difference between life and death.”

For more information, call Louisiana State Police Public Affairs at 225-754-8524.