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Abbeville man dies in crash

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Fatal crash on Hwy 167 in Vermilion Parish / KATC Fatal crash on Hwy 167 in Vermilion Parish / KATC

An Abbeville man died this afternoon in a crash on U.S. 167.

Jeremiah Broussard, 28, was driving a 2007 Silverado east on La. 696. He failed to stop at the highway's intersection with U.S. 167, traveled across both lanes of travel and into a coulee, then collided with an embankment, a State Police spokesman said. 

Broussard was not wearing a seat belt and sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash.  Broussard was pronounced dead on scene by the Vermilion Parish Coroner’s Office.   It is unknown if impairment was a factor in the crash.  Standard toxicology samples were obtained from Broussard and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation, State Police say.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants of a motor vehicle must be restrained, regardless of age or seating position.  While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. It is important that caregivers ensure children are properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt anytime they are traveling in a vehicle.  Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.

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