COVENT, LA — Early this morning shortly after 2:30 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on LA 44 north of LA 3214 in St. James Parish. The crash took the life of Sidney L. Lomas, 19. This is the second fatal crash to occur in this area in two days.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Lomas was driving a 1998 Saturn SC south on LA 44. For unknown reasons Lomas failed to negotiate a right hand curve, and his vehicle crossed over the northbound lane and left the roadway. After leaving the roadway, Lomas’ Saturn struck a utility pole.
Lomas was seriously injured and was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries from the crash. Lomas was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Driver impairment is unknown at this time; however, excessive speed is considered to be a factor in the crash. Troopers have submitted a toxicology sample from Lomas to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Troopers remind motorists to pay close attention while driving a vehicle at all times. Inattentive drivers account for a large number of serious crashes across the state every year. You can effectively reduce the chances of being involved in a crash by ensuring that you are well rested, alert, and attentive while driving. While not all crashes are survivable, the single most effective thing you can do to avoid injury or death in a crash is to wear a seatbelt at all times, regardless of seating position.