LSP: Unrestrained driver, passenger die in crash in which driver was going too fast

Sheriff: 2 die in crash in which driver was going too fast

BAYOU SORREL, LA (WAFB) - Authorities blame speed for a crash that claimed two lives in Bayou Sorrel Monday morning.

Troopers from the Louisiana State Police are investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash that happened around 10 a.m. Monday on LA 75 south of LA 3066 near Jack Miller's Landing in Iberville Parish.

Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said the driver was going too fast, lost control and hit a telephone pole. LSP's initial investigation confirmed that a 2000 Ford Explorer was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on LA 75 when the driver lost control on a left-hand curve, running off the road. The vehicle started to overturn and stopped after hitting a utility pole.

Sheriff Stassi added the driver and a passenger were killed in the wreck. LSP later identified the victims as 45-year-old James Henson Jr., who was driving, and his girlfriend, 33-year-old Cynthia Lewis of Plaquemine.

Troopers say that Henson and Lewis, who both suffered fatal injuries, were not wearing seat belts and were pronounced dead at the scene by the Iberville Parish Coroner's Office.

No word yet on if impairment was a factor in the crash, but LSP will take a toxicology sample from Henson. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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