A single vehicle crash on LA Highway 182 north of LA Highway 178 has claimed the life of an Opelousas man.
On Saturday morning, at 12:05 a.m., 49-year-old Joe Jock of Opelousas was driving a 2003 Chevrolet truck north on LA 182. As Jock was entering a right curve he crossed the centerline, entered a ditch and struck a cement culvert. Jock was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Jock was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish Coroner.
It is unknown if Jock was impaired when the crash occurred. Routine toxicology samples have been obtained and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
This crash remains under investigation.
Impairment and lack of seat belt use continues to be leading factors in fatal crashes throughout Acadiana. Wearing a seat belt properly can greatly reduce a person’s risk of injury in most crashes. Seat belts allow crash forces to be spread across a large area of the body allowing a person to ride down the crash. Unrestrained persons are at a greater risk of sustaining severe or fatal injuries in a crash than a person who is restrained. Buckle up every time in every seating position. Not only is it the law, but it’s the best way to survive a crash.