Unrestrained driver killed in Plaquemines Parish crash

Published 8:10 am Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Port Sulphur – On July 19, 2021 around 7:00 pm, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B responded to a two-vehicle crash on LA 23 near US 11 in Port Sulphur, LA. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 55-year-old Antoinio Aguilar of Buras, La.

The initial investigation revealed that Aguilar was driving west on US 11 in a 2009 Nissan Versa. At the same time, a 2019 Kenworth tow truck was traveling north on LA 23. As Aguilar approached the LA 23 intersection, he failed to yield at a stop sign. The Nissan entered the intersection and was struck by the Kenworth tow truck. After the collision, both vehicles traveled of the roadway and came to rest near a tree line.

Aguilar, who was unrestrained at the time of the crash, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tow truck suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. Impairment on the part of Aguilar is a suspected factor in the crash, routine toxicology samples were taken and will be submitted for analysis as a part of the ongoing investigation.

Troopers would like to remind motorists of the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel. Impairment continues to be a leading cause of fatal crashes. Have a plan and designate a driver before you decide to drink. While not all crashes are survivable, wearing a seatbelt greatly reduces the chances of being killed or seriously injured in a crash. Having a plan and making safe decisions could be the difference for tomorrow.