Unrestrained Driver Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash in Ascension Parish

Published 7:05 am Monday, August 7, 2023

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Gonzales – On August 5, 2023, shortly after 6:00 p.m., Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 west of LA 30 in Ascension Parish. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 60-year-old Daniel Lenoir, Jr. of Baton Rouge.

The initial investigation revealed that Lenoir was driving a 2005 Toyota Corolla headed west on Interstate 10.  For reasons still being investigated, Lenoir veered to the right, overcorrected to the left, and struck a tree after exiting the roadway.  The impact caused Lenoir to be ejected from his vehicle.

Lenoir, who was not restrained at the time of the crash, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  As part of the ongoing investigation, a toxicology sample was obtained from Lenoir and will be submitted for analysis.

While not all crashes are survivable, statistics demonstrate that properly worn restraints can significantly reduce your risk of being injured or killed in a crash. Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Properly wearing your seat belt is one of the most effective ways to save your life and reduce injuries in crashes.