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Bayou Vista – Shortly after 5:00 am on November 10, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a two vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality on US Hwy 90 near Delmar Ave. in St. Mary Parish. The crash took the life of 29-year-old Josue Lorenzo Sanchez of Morgan City.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Sanchez was driving a 2012 Nissan Altima westbound on US Hwy 90. At the same time, 38-year-old Charles Criss of Seguin, TX was driving a 2010 Peterbilt tractor-trailer westbound on US Hwy 90. For reasons still under investigation the Nissan struck the rear of the tractor-trailer.
Despite being properly restrained Sanchez suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment on his part is unknown at this time, but a toxicology sample was taken from him to be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Criss was properly restrained and was uninjured. Impairment on his part was not a factor. Excessive speed on the part of Sanchez may have been a factor, and this crash remains under investigation.
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, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.