POSTED: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 9:30am
UPDATED: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 9:34am
ALBANY, LA — Louisiana State Police Troop A investigated a single-vehicle crash today that claimed the life of an unrestrained driver. The crash occurred on Interstate 12 westbound at the Albany exit at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Troopers’ preliminary investigation revealed that Bruce Beever, 74, of Hammond was driving a 2003 GMC pickup west on I-12 as he exited the interstate at Albany, when he lost control of the vehicle and slid off the roadway to the right. The pickup continued off the roadway through a ditch and overturned.
Beever, who was not restrained at the time of the crash, was partially ejected and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead on the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office. Troopers do not suspect impairment to have been a factor in the crash. However, Troopers have submitted a sample of Beever’s blood to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.
Troopers remind motorists of the importance of seat belt use. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. The safest place to be during a rollover crash is properly restrained INSIDE the vehicle. Statistics show that chances of surviving a violent crash are increased significantly when properly restrained.