ERIC SCOTT RADIO | LAFAYETTE, LA. — Early this morning, Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a single vehicle fatal crash on LA Highway 35 south of Kaplan which claimed the life of a Kaplan man.
According to investigating troopers, on July 1, 2012, at 3:20 a.m., 23-year-old Kade Abshire of Kaplan, was driving 1999 Chevrolet truck north on LA Highway 35. Abshire entered a left curve and traveled off the right side of the road, which caused his vehicle to overturn. Abshire was not restrained and was ejected from the vehicle. The passenger in Abshire’s vehicle, 23-year-old Pete Johnson of Kaplan, who was also not restrained, died as a result of his injuries. He was pronounced dead by the Vermilion Parish Coroner.
Abshire was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Through their investigation, troopers discovered Abshire was under the influence of alcohol. When he was released from the hospital, Abshire was arrested for DWI 1st offense, vehicular homicide, careless operation and no seatbelt. Abshire’s blood alcohol level was found to be .160g%, twice the legal limit.
This crash remains under investigation.
Impaired driving continues to be a leading cause for fatal crashes throughout Louisiana. While troopers have seen the number of deaths and serious injuries due to impaired drivers decrease in recent years, there is still work to be done. Troopers will continue to enforce Louisiana’s DWI laws across the state and remain committed to a public education campaign to end impaired driving. As the 4th of July holiday approaches, troopers remind drivers about the importance of designating a driver and proper restraint use for all occupants. While wearing a seatbelt will not save you in every crash, it will greatly reduce your risk of injury in most crashes.
For More Information Contact:
TFC. Stephen Hammons
Louisiana State Police
Troop I- Public Affairs