Unrestrained 21 Year Old Killed in Livingston Parish Crash
Denham Springs – At approximately 11:30 pm on March 9, 2015, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatality crash that occurred on LA Hwy 1019 east of LA Hwy 16 in Livingston Parish. The crash took the life of 21 year old Garrett Minard of Walker.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Minard was driving a 2013 Kia Optima eastbound on LA Hwy 1019. As Minard entered a right hand curve, the Kia ran off the roadway to the left. After leaving the roadway the vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest in a ditch.
Minard was unrestrained at the time of the crash and suffered fatal injuries as a result. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment is a possible factor, and a toxicology sample was taken from Minard and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
An unrestrained 22 year old male passenger in the Kia was transported from the scene to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge with moderate injuries.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seat belt use. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Wearing a seat belt greatly reduces the chances of receiving serious injuries in a crash as well. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle to always remain buckled up, regardless of seating position.