A Lafayette man died at around 6:30 this morning on Louisiana Highway 182 after a single vehicle crash that happened in St. Landry Parish.

Louisiana State Police Troop I Spokesman Trooper Thomas Gossen says that 30-year-old Edward Joshua Guidry was driving southbound on Louisiana Highway 182 when is car ran off the road.

This crash happened near 182 and Louisiana Highway 10, and Gossen says that do not know why the man's car went off of the roadway.

What they do know is that Guidry was not wearing a seat belt, and the man was partially ejected from his 2012 Toyota RAV4.

After the SUV left the roadway, it ended up flipping over. When troopers got to the scene the car was partial under the water in Bayou Boeuf.

The St. Landry Parish Cororner's Office pronounced Guidry dead at the scene of the crash.

Gossen says they do not know whether or not impairment was a factor in Guidry's crash, but as is standard procedure, routine toxicology tests are pending.

According to Trooper Gossen, Louisiana State Police troopers have investigated six fatal crash this year so far in 2020, and because of these crashes, eight people have died.

Gossen spends time with us on the morning show each Tuesday, and one of the big things he tries to emphasize each week, is that wearing a seat belt is the best chance that anyone has of surviving a crash.

He says that many things can cause a crash including if you are an impaired driver, if you are a distracted driver in any way, if you are paying attention to your phone and not the road, all of these things can have fatal consequences.

Gossen says when you are being the wheel of your vehicle, the only thing that should be taking up your attention is your driving.

He adds that troopers and other law enforcement officials witness, far too often, the fatal consequences when someone doesn't make driving safely their number one priority when they are behind the wheel.


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