Jan 7, 2013 10:51 PM by Nichole Guillory
Troopers are investigating a fatal crash in Iberia Parish that claimed the life of a Jeanerette man.
The two vehicle crash happened on LA Highway 85 near College Road just before 3:00 this afternoon. Troopers say, a 1998 Honda Civic driven by 33-year-old Wilbur Alexander of Jeanerette, was traveling north on LA Highway 85. Troopers say, Alexander was attempting to pass a passenger car and a 1991 Case Tractor pulling a loaded sugarcane cart when a southbound vehicle was approached Alexander causing him to steer back into the northbound lane. That's when Troopers say, Alexander's vehicle turned and struck the rear of Spencer's sugarcane cart.
Alexander, who was not restrained, was transported to a local hospital where he later died. The driver of the sugarcane truck was not injured in the crash.
State Police say, it is unknown if alcohol was a factor in this crash; however, toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
As sugarcane harvesting seasons continues, Troopers urge drivers to use caution when passing slow moving vehicles. Drivers should only pass when it is safe to do so in a passing zone and when approaching traffic, and/or intersections, are at a distance greater than 100 feet.
Troopers also remind drivers that Louisiana Law requires all occupants of motor vehicles to be properly restrained. While wearing a seatbelt will not save you in every crash, it will greatly reduce the risk of injuries in most crashes.