Unrestrained driver killed in Washington Parish crash

Unrestrained driver killed in Washington Parish crash

POSTED: Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 5:06pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 5:07pm

Just after 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a fatality crash on LA 436 approximately four miles east of Franklinton in Washington Parish. The crash took the life of woman from Franklinton, Evelyn Bryant, 58, who was unrestrained and ejected from the vehicle.

The crash occurred as Bryant was traveling west on LA 436 in a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. As Bryant continued west, she failed to maneuver a left curve in the road causing the vehicle’s right side tires to travel off the paved roadway. Attempting to reenter the road, Bryant steered sharply to the left forcing the vehicle across the center line and into the eastbound lane of travel. Bryant then overcorrected back to the right causing the Sport Trac to rotate clockwise as it crossed the westbound lane and ran off road on the north side of LA 436. Upon leaving the paved roadway, the Ford Sport Trac impacted several small trees on its driver’s side ejecting Bryant from the vehicle.

Bryant was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was transported to Riverside Medical Center where she later died as a result of her injuries. Impairment is not suspected with a toxicology test pending at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

In 2010, approximately 59% of the fatalities experienced on Louisiana highways were unrestrained at the time of the crash. While not all crashes are survivable, seat belts can greatly decrease the occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Louisiana law requires every vehicle occupant, front seat and back seat, to be properly restrained day or night. Taking the time to buckle up every trip and every time is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.

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