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UPDATE: Lafayette man dies in fatal crash near Kaplan

Fatal Crash
Posted at 11:53 AM, Jan 12, 2020

A Lafayette man died in this morning's crash near Kaplan, state police say.

John Hebert, 83, was pronounced dead at the scene. He wasn't properly restrained, troopers say.

The accident happened at around 11 a.m. Sunday, troopers say.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2015 Buick Verano, driven by a 38-year-old Lake Arthur woman, was traveling West on LA 14. At the same time, a 2007 GMC Acadia, driven by Hebert, was traveling East on LA 14. For reasons still under investigation, the Buick crossed the center lines in a curve and struck the Acadia head-on in the eastbound lane of travel.

Troopers determined Hebert was unrestrained at the time of the crash. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Vermilion Parish Coroner’s Office. A juvenile passenger, seat belted in the rear seat of Hebert’s vehicle, suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The other driver, who was properly restrained and suffered moderate injuries, was also transported to a local hospital. Toxicology samples were taken from both drivers and results are pending. This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted. Always ensure every occupant is properly restrained, being mindful of recent changes in child passenger seat laws, and follow all traffic laws. Taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.

Troop I has investigated 2 fatal crashes resulting in 3 deaths since the beginning of 2020.