Teen dead after Friday night ATV crash

MGN Online
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 9:49am

A teen is dead after an ATV crash Friday night.

Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 90 near Darnell Road which claimed the life of a 13-year-old Jeanerette boy.

It happened at 7:45 p.m. Friday, Benjamin Oliver, 13, was driving a four-wheeler east on U.S. Highway 90 and Frontage Road when an SUV, driven by Linda Moreaux, of Franklin, was traveling east on U.S. Highway 90.

For reasons still under investigation, Oliver traveled through the median which separated Frontage Road and the highway. Oliver was then struck by Moreaux's vehicle.

Oliver was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was ejected from the four-wheeler.

He was taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries, he later succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Moreaux was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was also taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash, but a toxicology sameple was taken at the scene and was submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

The crash still remains under investigation at this time.

Troopers would like to remind ATV operators about the importance of wearing a helmet when riding an ATV.

Helmets can help reduce injuries sustained to riders in the event of a crash.

For more information about the Louisiana State Law regarding ATV operation on public roadways, go to http://legis.la.gov/lss/lss.asp?doc=88237.

Sixty-two percent of all fatal crashes investigated by Troop I involved some form of impairment.

While results are still pending in this crash, Troopers remind drivers about the dangers of impaired driving.


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