Paulina man succumbs to serious injuries in 3-car crash

St. James Parish (WAFB) - A Paulina, La. man has died from his injuries after being involved in a 3-vehicle crash that happened in St. James Parish.

The incident occurred on the US Hwy 61 at LA Hwy 641 at around 5:30 p.m. on February 25th.

The troopers LA State Police Troop A report that 63-year-old Thomas J. Laiche was seriously injured from the crash and transported to a local hospital before he succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday, February 26th.

Laiche was heading westbound in his 2002 Toyota Tundra on US Hwy 61 in the left turning lane. At the same time, an Opelousas man was driving a 2012 For F-550, heading northbound on LA Hwy 641, and he was attempting to pass over the intersection at US Hwy 61. Laiche attempted to make a left turn in order to travel southbound on LA Hwy 641 when the front side of the Ford struck the driver's side of Laiche's Toyota. The Ford and the Toyota then struck the driver's side of another vehicle, a 1997 Dodge Intrepid, which was heading westbound on US Hwy 61 through the intersection.

Laiche was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, and he suffered severe injuries. After being taken to the St. James Parish Hospital, he was transported to the University Hospital in New Orleans where he later died.

Troopers say impairment was not considered to be a factor in the crash; however, all three drivers submitted samples for toxicology tests which were sent to the LA State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

The LSP released the following statement:

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.

The other two drivers of the Dodge and Ford vehicles were wearing their seatbelts and suffered minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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