Iberia Parish – At approximately 11:30 p.m. on September 14, 2020, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I were notified of a single-vehicle crash on LA Highway 3242 near Walet Road in Iberia Parish. The crash took the life of 24-year-old Byson Provost of Loreauville.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Provost was driving a 2019 Dodge Challenger westbound on LA 3242 when, for unknown reasons, he failed to maintain control of his vehicle. Upon doing so, the Challenger exited the roadway, struck an embankment, and overturned.
Provost and his juvenile front seat passenger were unrestrained at the time of the crash. Both were transported to a local hospital in critical condition. State Police Troop I was notified Provost succumbed to his injuries in the early morning of September 23, 2020. Impairment is unknown and standard toxicology samples were obtained for analysis. Speed is believed to be a major factor and this crash remains under investigation.
Troopers witness, firsthand, the effects crash forces have on motor vehicles and the devastating effects of those forces on the human body. While not all crashes are survivable, proper seat belt usage can greatly increase the chances of surviving a crash by spreading out those forces across the strong bones of the body. Properly worn seat belts also help to keep the occupants of vehicles in their seat and protect the head and spine. Please be a responsible driver, obey speed limits, drive sober, buckle up, and avoid all distractions.
Troop I has investigated 41 fatal crashes resulting in 45 deaths in 2020.