Calcasieu Parish – On November 16, 2019, shortly after 10:30 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 10, east of Vinton. The crash claimed the life of 61-year-old Vergeus Termorillus of Orlando FL.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a 1999 Chevrolet SUV was traveling east on I-10. The Chevrolet sustained a tire failure causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and run off the left side of the roadway. The Chevrolet entered the center median and rolled over several times before ejecting four of the eight occupants.
The driver, who’s name will be released upon positive identification and notification of next of kin, was properly restrained at the time of the crash, but suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Termorillus, who was unrestrained at the time of the crash, was ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries.
Two unrestrained passengers sustained life-threatening injuries and were transported to area hospitals for treatment. The other four passengers sustained minor to moderate injuries and were also transported to area hospitals for treatment. A toxicology sample was obtained from the driver and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
While not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Louisiana law requires every vehicle occupant, front seat and back seat, to be properly restrained day or night.