Louisiana State Police Troop A investigated a single-vehicle crash this morning in East Baton Rouge Parish that claimed the life of an unrestrained driver. The crash occurred at approximately 5:30 am and the roadway remained closed to traffic for almost two hours while Troopers investigated and cleared the crash. This is the third fatal crash Troopers have investigated in twelve days involving an unrestrained occupant in the Troop A area.
Troopers’ preliminary investigation revealed that Harry Sherman, 61, of Albany was driving a 1993 Peterbuilt tractor-trailer west on LA 64 east of LA 964 when he entered a right-hand curve and crossed into the oncoming lane. Sherman steered sharply to the right and the vehicle overturned onto its left side, slid off the roadway to the left, and struck a private driveway. Sherman, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced deceased on the scene by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office.
Alcohol is not suspected to have played a factor in this. Troop A has investigated twenty fatal crashes so far this year. In sixteen of these crashes, the person killed was NOT wearing a seat belt.