Alcohol a suspected factor in young man's fatal singular crash

MAMOU, LA (WAFB) - A single vehicular crash took a Mamou man's life earlier this afternoon, according to a report from the Louisiana State Police.

It happened at around 2:30 p.m. on LA Highway 748 west of LA Highway 363.

The report discloses that as 20-year-old Dustin Cole of Mamou headed west in a Ford F-150 on LA 748, he veered off the right side of the road as it curved to the left. Investigators say Cole attempted to correct his steering, but he lost control of his vehicle which caused it to rollover and partially eject him.

Cole was not wearing a seatbelt, and the St. Landry Parish Coroner pronounced him dead on the scene.

Troopers suspect alcohol was a factor in this fatal crash, and they have submitted routine toxicology samples for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation. The LSP released the following statement:

"Troopers remind drivers and occupants that the simplest thing they can do to minimize the risk of injury in a crash is to be properly restrained.  Proper restraint use allows crash forces to be spread out across the body.  While wearing a seat belt will not save you in every crash it will greatly reduce your risk of injury in most crashes. 

"With the Mardi Gras celebration under way, Troopers remind drivers about the dangers of impaired driving.  Troopers across the state will be working with other law enforcement agencies to make sure everyone has a safe Mardi Gras.  Troopers have a zero tolerance for impaired drivers.  If you plan to drink make sure you have a designated drivers.  Always remember that a designated driver is the person who has had nothing to drink. "

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