Investigators say speed considered factor in deadly crash on LA 1

WHITE CASTLE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities believe speed was a factor in a deadly crash in which a car went off the highway and hit a tree.

The victim was identified as Jye Mitchell, 20, of Donaldsonville.

Louisiana State Police reported the wreck happened on LA 1 south of LA 995 near White Castle. The scene is not far from Rocky Canal. The car ended up partially submerged in a ditch.

TFC Jared Sandifer said the initial investigation shows Mitchell was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry north on LA 1 when the car veered off the road for unknown reasons and slammed into a tree on the passenger side.

He said Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene. Sandifer added investigators don't think Mitchell was impaired, but as with all deadly crashes on Louisiana highways, a sample of his blood was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

The accident remains under investigation.

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