Springs Man Dies in Stolen Car in Livingston Parish Crash
Denham Springs – Shortly before 7:30 am on May 27, 2014, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on LA Hwy 1032 (4-H Club Rd.) south of LA Hwy 1034 (Vincent Rd.) in Livingston Parish. The crash took the life of 23 year old Hunter L. Lehmann of Denham Springs. Lehmann was driving a stolen vehicle and was wanted by authorities in Livingston Parish for suspected previous criminal activity.
Troopers learned that Lehmann stole a 2010 Dodge Ram from the Duff Road area of Walker, LA earlier in the day. Denham Springs police officers spotted the stolen vehicle, and a short pursuit ensued. The investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Lehmann was driving the Dodge southbound on LA Hwy 1032. As he was traveling southbound Lehmann failed to negotiate a left hand curve and the Dodge ran off the roadway to the right. After leaving the roadway the Dodge struck a tree head on.
Lehmann was unrestrained and he suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Driver impairment is suspected at this time, and a toxicology sample was taken from him and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Excessive speed is considered to be a factor in this crash.
Troopers wish to remind drivers that impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana. Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same. Troopers will continue to enforce Louisiana’s DWI laws across the state and remain committed to a public education campaign to end impaired driving. Have a plan and designate a driver before you decide to operate a vehicle while impaired.