BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Pineville man lost his life in a single vehicular crash in East Baton Rouge on Friday evening.
According to TFC Jared Sandifer of the Louisiana State Police Troop A, the accident happened on LA Hwy 42 (Highland Rd.) just west of Pecue Lane. Sandifer stated that Matthew J. Tucker, 28, was driving a 2005 Ford pickup truck and heading westbound on Highland Rd. when, for some unknown reason, the vehicle veered off to the right side of the road.
Tucker overcorrected to the left, which caused his vehicle to cross back over both traveling lanes. The Ford ran off of the road once again and into a ditch where it hit several trees. Tucker suffered fatal injuries even though he was wearing a seatbelt.
Sandifer stated that it is unknown if Tucker was impaired at the time of the crash. Deputies have taken a toxicology sample from Tucker and submitted it to the crime lab for analysis.
The investigation is still ongoing.
The State Police released the following statement:
"While not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant's chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Louisiana law requires every occupant in a vehicle to be properly restrained at all times. This is the time of year when Troopers usually see a significant increase in serious injury and fatal crashes. Louisiana State Police would like to remind motorists to be extra cautious when driving on our roadways during the holiday season."