Bayou L’Ourse – Shortly after 5:00 a.m. this morning, Troopers with Troop C began investigating a two-vehicle serious injury crash on LA 662 just north of US Hwy 90. The crash would claim the life of 28-year-old Dalaina Rentrope.
The preliminary investigation revealed Rentrope was traveling north on LA 662 in a 2020 Nissan Versa. For reasons still under investigation, she crossed the centerline and struck a southbound 2011 Ford F-150 head-on. Rentrope was not wearing her seat belt and suffered serious injuries. She was transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans where she later died. The driver of the Ford and his passenger were wearing their seat belts and suffered minor injuries. They were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Impairment is unknown on the part of Rentrope and a standard toxicology report is pending. The driver of the Ford was not suspected to be impaired and he provided a breath sample which showed no alcohol present. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana state law requires vehicle occupants to be properly restrained in all seating positions, day or night. Statistics show the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained but the decision not to wear a seat belt can have deadly consequences. Motorists are encouraged to make the smart choice and to always wear a seat belt.
Troop C has investigated 12 fatal crashes resulting in 15 deaths in 2021.