Thibodaux – Shortly after 4:00 a.m. this morning, Troop C responded to a two-vehicle fatality crash on LA 1 near Lefort By-pass Road. The crash took the life of 23-year-old Brian Jones of Thibodaux.
The preliminary investigation revealed Jones was traveling south on LA 1 in a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado. For unknown reasons, Jones crossed the center line and struck a 2017 Dodge Journey that was traveling north on LA 1. The Journey was being driven by 25-year-old Brooke Ogwynne of Gheens, LA. Jones was not wearing his seat belt and he suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased on scene by the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office. Ogwynne was wearing her seat belt and suffered critical injuries. She was transported to the Thibodaux Regional Medical Center by Acadian Ambulance Service and later was flown to University Medical Center in New Orleans by Acadian Ambulance Air Med.
Impairment is unknown as a factor in this crash. A standard toxicology report is pending on the part of Jones through the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office. A blood sample was obtained from Ogwynne and the toxicology results are pending through the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants in a vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired and always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death.