Driver dies after SUV leaves roadway and flips

WHITE CASTLE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said a woman is dead after the SUV she was driving went off the road, flipped several times and she was thrown out of the vehicle early Monday morning.

Louisiana State Police identified the victim as Gail Smith, 62, of Donaldsonville. Troopers said the single-vehicle crash happened on LA 1 south of White Castle around 3:15 a.m.

They reported the initial investigation shows the 2007 Ford Explorer Smith was driving veered off the highway, hit a culvert and overturned multiple times. According to authorities, she was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected.

Tpr. Jared Sandifer said impairment is not suspected as a factor in the crash, but a sample of Smith's blood was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, per protocol in deadly wrecks.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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