Plaquemine – Shortly after 12:00 pm on July 6, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle crash on LA 1 south of LA 75 in Iberville Parish. The crash took the life of 21-year-old Tyler Cavalier of Pierre Part.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 46-year-old Darryl Chapman of Denham Springs was traveling southbound on LA 1 in a 2015 Kenworth tanker truck. At the same time, Cavalier was traveling southbound on LA 1 in a 2004 Nissan Altima behind Chapman’s vehicle. Chapman came to a stop at a railroad crossing and was struck from behind by Cavalier.
Cavalier was properly restrained but sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office. Chapman was properly restrained and was not injured. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash, but a toxicology sample was taken from both drivers for analysis.
Troopers would like to remind motorists to remain alert and maintain a safe following distance when traveling. 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.