Unrestrained juvenile dies in single car accident

Published 9:57 am Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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Concordia Parish – On August 17, 2021, at approximately 2 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 903 near Ferriday. This crash claimed the life of a juvenile from Vidalia.
The initial investigation revealed a 2006 Ford Taurus, driven by a juvenile driver, was traveling northbound on Louisiana Highway 903. For reasons still under investigation, the juvenile failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the highway and struck multiple trees.
The juvenile, who was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries and was transported to a local hospital where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries. An additional passenger, who also was unrestrained, sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Although not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death.
In 2021, Troop E has investigated 33 fatal crashes resulting in 34 deaths.