Crashes in Evangeline and St. Mary parishes left two men dead Sunday, according to Louisiana State Police.
The first fatal crash occurred around 4:50 p.m. on LA 104 near LA 103 in Evangeline Parish when a truck driven by Demetrius Bergeron, 19, of Ville Platte, left the roadway and overturned. Bergeron, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle, police said in a news release. He suffered critical injuries and died later at Opelousas General Hospital.
Two passengers, both of Ville Platte, Vontrell Arvie, 19, and Hillary Ardoin, 24, also were not wearing seat belts, but suffered minor injuries.
Troopers suspect impairment was a factor in the crash. Toxicology samples were taken from Bergeron and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
The second fatal crash occurred shortly before 11:45 p.m. on LA 182 north of US 90 in St. Mary Parish.
Jimmy Barras, 52, of Patterson, was driving a 2003 Toyota Matrix westbound on LA 182 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. Barras was wearing a seat belt, but suffered fatal injuries. The St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced Barras dead at the scene.
As part of the on-going crash investigation, the St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office obtained blood samples from Barras. The results will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Troop I.
Both crashes remain under investigation.