Impairment Suspected in Calcasieu Parish serious injury crash
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA — On December 22, 2012, at 11:09 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a single vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 109 about 2 ½ miles north of Interstate 10 that injured two Texas men.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Honda driven by 21-year-old Dustin Chase Savoy of Orange, TX was traveling north on LA 109 when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle he was driving traveled off the roadway and struck a culvert. Savoy, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries.
The lone passenger in the vehicle, 22-year-old Rian Blayke Savoy of Bridge City, TX, was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported by air ambulance to a Lafayette hospital with life threatening injuries.
Driver impairment is suspected to be a factor in the crash. A toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Dustin Savoy was charged with DWI, vehicular negligent injuring, careless operation, and operating an uninsured vehicle. Rian Savoy was charged with failure to wear a seatbelt.
Last year, 50 percent of vehicle occupants who lost their lives in crashes investigated by Troop D last year died because of impaired driving. This compares to 43 percent statewide. Many other people are seriously injured each year due to impaired driving. It is important to never get behind the wheel if you are impaired or get in a vehicle with a driver who is impaired. This decision can prevent injury or death to yourself or others.
Please help us prevent tragedy on our highways this holiday season. Report impaired drivers by dialing *LSP (*577) from your cellular phone to reach the nearest Louisiana State Police troop location or dial 911 to contact local law enforcement.
The majority of fatal and serious injury crashes involve vehicle occupants who are not wearing seatbelts. State law requires seatbelts to be used at every seating position in the vehicle, day and night. Buckle up Louisiana. Every trip. Every time.