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Unrestrained teenager killed in fatal head-on Ascension Parish crash

St. Amant – Shortly before 6:30 am on January 30, 2021, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle serious injury crash on LA Hwy 431 at Churchpoint Road in Ascension Parish. The crash ultimately resulted in the death of 19-year-old Anthony Galvan of Prairieville.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Galvan was traveling northbound on LA Hwy 431 in a 2018 Ram pick-up truck. At the same time, a 2013 Ford F-250 was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 431. For reasons still under investigation, Galvan crossed the centerline into the opposing lane, which resulted in the Ram striking the Ford head-on.

Galvan was unrestrained at the time of the crash and sustained serious injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. On January 31, 2021, Troop A was notified Galvan succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Ford was properly restrained and sustained serious injuries. He was also transported to a local hospital for treatment. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that while not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained.  Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.