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Gueydan man killed in Jeff Davis Parish crash

Posted at 8:21 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 21:21:55-04

Louisiana State Police responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA 26 about 4 1/2 miles south of US Hwy 190 in Jeff Davis Parish on July 31 shortly before 2:30 p.m.

The crash claimed the life of 27-year-old John Russell Venissat V of Gueydan.

An initial investigation revealed that Venissat was traveling south on LA 26 when, for unknown reasons, he crossed the centerline and struck a southbound vehicle

Despite being properly restrained, Venissat suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the southbound vehicle, 66-year-old Joanette L. Klumpp, of Kinder, and her passenger were both properly restrained and were transported to a Lafayette hospital with moderate injuries.

Impairment is unknown, but toxicology samples were taken from the drivers for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation.