Baton Rouge Man Killed in Overnight Ascension Parish Crash

Published 1:50 pm Friday, March 24, 2023

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Gonzales – On March 23, 2023, shortly before midnight, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single-vehicle crash near LA 429 and Boudreaux Road in Ascension Parish. The crash claimed the life of 26-year-old Kelvin Ortega of Baton Rouge.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Ortega was driving a 2017 Chevrolet Sonic sedan headed north at a high rate of speed on Boudreaux Road.  For reasons still being investigated, Ortega disregarded a stop sign at the intersection of LA 429 and impacted the opposing side of a canal.

Ortega was unrestrained and sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.  As part of the ongoing investigation, a toxicology sample was obtained from Ortega and will be submitted for analysis.  Impairment is suspected, while this crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Troopers remind motorists to always make safe choices while in a motor vehicle.  Never drive impaired, fatigued, or distracted. Always follow traffic laws and ensure that every occupant is properly restrained.  Not all crashes are survivable, but taking simple precautions such as the aforementioned can often be the difference between life and death.