St. Landry Parish- An early morning fatal crash on LA Highway 93 near LA Highway 356 has claimed the life of a 68 year old Cankton man.
This morning at 2:20, 68 year old Joseph Menard of Cankton was driving a 2004 Jaguar south on LA Highway 93. As Menard approached a curve in the road he traveled off the right side of the road and struck several trees. After hitting the trees, Menard’s vehicle reentered the roadway and came to rest on the shoulder. Menard, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish Coroner.
It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
This crash remains under investigation.
A lack of seat belt use continues to be a leading factor in fatal crashes throughout Acadiana. Troopers remind drivers and occupants that the simplest thing they can do to minimize the risk of injury in a crash is to be properly restrained. Proper restraint use allows crash forces to be spread out across the body. While wearing a seat belt will not save you in every crash it will greatly reduce your risk of injury in most crashes.