Unrestrained driver dies in crash

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Wednesday night, troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a single-vehicle crash on US Highway 90 west of LA Highway 91 which claimed the life of a Mermentau man.

According to investigating troopers, at 6:50 p.m., 37-year-old Christopher Legros of Mermentau, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet passenger car east on Highway 90 at a high rate of speed.  For reasons still under investigation, Legros traveled off the left side of the road and struck a tree.  Legros was not restrained and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Acadia Parish Coroner.  A passenger in his vehicle, 19-year-old Mariah Davis of Jennings, was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries.  Davis was restrained when the crash occurred. 

Routine toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

A lack of seat belt use continues to be a factor in fatal crashes across the Troop I area.  Troopers will continue to work day and night to locate drivers and passengers who are not restrained. Louisiana Law requires that all persons riding in a motor vehicle be properly restrained regardless of seating position.  While wearing a seat belt will not save you in every crash it will reduce your risk of injury in most crashes.