Kaplan, LA – Shortly before 2:00 am on July 28, 2019, Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a fatal two vehicle crash on LA Hwy 14 west of Odilon Road in Vermilion Parish. The crash claimed the life of 54-year-old Torlin Williams of Abbeville.
The initial investigation revealed that Williams was traveling west on LA 14 in a 2017 Nissan Maxima. At the same time, Starlet Rodrigue was traveling east on LA 14 in a 2019 Toyota Camry. For unknown reasons, Williams crossed the center line and entered into the travel lane of the Camry as both vehicles were negotiating a curve in the roadway. Upon impact, Williams’ vehicle was split into two parts.
Williams suffered fatal injuries; He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Seat belt usage on Williams’ part was unable to be determined due to the extent of damage to the Maxima. Rodrigue and a passenger in her vehicle were, both, properly restrained and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Impairment is unknown, but toxicology samples were taken from the drivers for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. There is no further information available at this time.
Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted, always ensure every occupant is properly restrained, and follow all traffic laws. Taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.