The crash occurred on LA 73 north of LA 621 shortly after 10 p.m. and claimed the life of the unrestrained driver, Julie Ann Ray, 43, of Prairieville, Graham said.
Troopers’ preliminary investigation revealed that Ray was driving a 2000 Nissan Frontier south on LA 73 when she ran off the road to the right, said Graham.
Ray re-entered the roadway, crossed the center line into the northbound lane and then over-corrected to the right. The vehicle began to rotate clockwise and overturned, ejecting Ray. She sustained critical injuries and was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries, Graham said.
Troopers suspect alcohol to have been a factor in the crash, but were unable to submit a sample of Ray’s blood to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab due to the extent of her injuries, said Graham.
Troopers remind motorists of the importance of making good decisions while, and before, driving, said Louisiana State Police.
There is never a good reason to get behind the wheel of a vehicle impaired and there are simply too many alternatives. While fatal crashes across our state have steadily decreased over the past several years, Troopers witness firsthand the remarkable difference the use of a seat belt makes in reducing injuries and fatalities in crashes, LSP said.
Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective decision a driver or passenger can make to protect themselves in a crash.
Last year across the state, over half of the fatal crashes involved impaired drivers, lack of seat belt use or both, said LSP.