Belle Rose – Shortly before 4:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon, Troopers with Troop C began investigating a two-vehicle crash with serious injuries on LA 70 near Joe Dugas Road. The crash ultimately took the life of 58-year-old Daniel Ausbrooks of Napoleonville.
The preliminary investigation revealed Ausbrooks was traveling westbound on LA 70 in a 2002 Honda Civic. For reasons still under investigation, Ausbrooks crossed the centerline while in a right curve and entered the eastbound lane. A 2012 Dodge pickup truck was approaching on LA 70 and the driver steered to the right in an attempt to avoid the collision, but was unsuccessful.
Ausbrooks was not wearing his seat belt and suffered serious injuries. He was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Dodge was wearing his seat belt and suffered minor injuries. He was also transported to an area hospital.
Impairment is unknown as a factor in this crash and toxicology reports are pending. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that while not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop C has investigated 30 fatal crashes resulting in 32 deaths in 2020.