Troopers: Driver dies after car hits culvert and flips

Troopers: Driver dies after car hits culvert and flips

PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - One man is dead after the car he was driving went off the road and flipped early Wednesday morning.

Louisiana State Police identified the victim as Cody Viator, 27, of Geismar. Troopers said the crash happened on US 61 (Airline Highway) near LA 73 (Old Jefferson Highway) in Prairieville around 2:30 a.m.

Tpr. Jared Sandifer with LSP reported the preliminary investigation showed Viator was headed south on Airline in a 2009 Toyota Camry and veered off the highway. He said it still remains unknown why the car went off the road.

According to Sandifer, the car hit a culvert after going into a ditch. He stated the car went airborne, landed back onto the highway and flipped. He added Viator was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

Investigators said they don't know if impairment was a factor in the wreck. Per protocol for deadly crashes on Louisiana highways, a sample of his blood was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

The investigation continues.

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