Police often resort to using the process of elimination in order to determine the cause of a crash. This appears to be the case in a fatal crash that recently occurred in the Louisiana Highway 10 accident. So far, speed has been ruled out as a cause, and toxicology samples were sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis to determine whether impairment was a factor.
In the meantime, police will most likely continue to eliminate other factors that may have led to the crash. At this time, preliminary reports indicate that the vehicle was traveling east on Louisiana Highway 10 at approximately 9:30 p.m. on a recent Sunday. The driver and one passenger occupied it.
At a left curve in the roadway, the driver apparently lost control of the car. It went off the right side of the road. When it hit a culvert there, the car then rolled into a fence post, hit a tree and caught fire.
Neither man survived the crash. A representative from the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office arrived at the scene and pronounced both men dead. The wreckage was too badly burned to determine at the crash site whether the men were properly restrained during the crash.
Since the driver also died in the crash, no criminal charges will be filed. However, surviving family members of the deceased passenger retain the right to file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the driver and any separate vehicle owner. Proving his negligence to the satisfaction of the court could result in an award of damages typically seen in fatal accident cases.