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Westlake man dies in crash, state police say

Fatal crash
Posted at 10:23 AM, Jun 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 11:23:33-04

A Westlake man has died in a Saturday crash, State Police say.

Ryan Daniel Juneau, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7 p.m. crash.

Troop D was called to the crash on La. 27 near Stagecoach Lane Saturday evening, troopers say.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Explorer, driven by Juneau, was traveling north on LA Hwy 27. For reasons still under investigations, the Ford crossed the center line into the opposing lane of travel. The Ford then traveled back across the roadway, ran off the right side of the road, struck a ditch embankment, and rolled over several times before ejecting the driver, troopers say.

Juneau was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Impairment is unknown at this time, but a toxicology sample was obtained from the driver and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation, troopers say.

Troopers say: Louisiana state law requires vehicle occupants to be properly restrained in all seating positions, day or night. Statistics show the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained but 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 D has investigated 15 fatal crashes resulting in 17 deaths in 2020.