LAFAYETTE PARISH, LA (KADN) — Monday morning, a single vehicle crash on LA Highway 1252 claimed the life of a Lafayette man.
At 10:00 a.m., Troopers responded to a single vehicle crash on LA 1252 near Arnaudville Road. The preliminary investigation revealed that 63-year-old Donald Griffin was operating a 1987 Ford pick-up east on LA 1252. For unknown reasons Griffin’s vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, traveled through a ditch and struck a tree. After striking the tree the truck caught fire. The Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office arrived on scene and pronounced Griffin dead.
Troopers are still working to determine if Griffin was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. It is unknown if Griffin was impaired when the crash occurred; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
This crash remains under investigation.
Lack of seat belt use continues to be a leading factor in fatal crashes throughout Acadiana. Wearing a seat belt properly can greatly reduce a person’s risk of injury in most crashes. Seat belts allow crash forces to be spread across a large area of the body allowing a person to ride down the crash. Unrestrained persons are at a greater risk of sustaining severe, or fatal, injuries in a crash than a person who is restrained. Buckle up every time in every seating position. Not only is it the law, but it’s the best way to survive a crash.