A Jeanerette man has died as a result of injuries he sustained after a single-vehicle crash last week.
On December 10, 2019, Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a single-vehicle crash shortly before 11:00 a.m. on LA Hwy 85 north of College Road in Jeanerette that ultimately took the life of 77-year-old Raphael Vallot.
The preliminary investigation revealed a Chevrolet Aveo driven by Vallot was traveling south on LA Hwy 85. For unknown reasons, his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, entered a ditch, and overturned several times before coming to rest in a private driveway.
Vallot was not properly restrained at the time of the crash and was transported to a Lafayette area hospital for medical treatment.
On December 17, Vallot succumbed to his injuries sustained during the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Police wish to remind motorists that all occupants in a vehicle must be properly restrained, regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. The decision not to wear a seat belt can have deadly consequences. Motorists are encouraged to make the smart choice and to always wear a seat belt.
Troop I has investigated 57 fatal crashes resulting in 59 deaths.