Grosse Tete – At approximately 10:00 am on May 9, 2014, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on I-10 eastbound west of LA Hwy 77 in Iberville Parish. The crash took the life of 58 year old Michael R. Flournoy of Abbeville.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Flournoy was driving a 2007 Nissan Titan pickup eastbound on I-10. For unknown reasons Flournoy’s Nissan ran off the roadway to the right and struck a tree on the driver’s side door. Although it was raining at the time of the crash, it is not known if weather was a factor.
Despite the fact that he was wearing his seatbelt Flournoy sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Driver impairment is not suspected; however, a toxicology sample was taken from Flournoy and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Although not all crashes are survivable, Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seatbelt use. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.