LSP investigates deadly crash of suspect fleeing deputies

Published: Oct. 11, 2012 at 2:36 PM CDT
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MORGAN CITY, LA (WAFB) - Authorities have released the name of the man who died after crashing while fleeing sheriff's deputies Wednesday afternoon.

The Louisiana State Police said it was called in by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office to investigate the crash, which left the suspect of a drug investigation dead and another driver injured.

Troopers said Irvian Singleton, 44, of Morgan City was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Mary Parish Coroner.

According to LSP, deputies were trying to pull over Singleton for a narcotics investigation, but he refused to stop the 1995 Mercedes Benz he was driving.

Investigators said Singleton was on Railroad Avenue approaching Oak Street in Morgan City when a 2009 Nissan Altima driven by Ronshawna Ruffin, 27, of Vinton was on Oak Street approaching Railroad Avenue.

They reported Ruffin turned into the path of Singleton and the cars collided head-on.

They added the impact caused the Mercedes Benz to flip and Singleton was not properly buckled up inside.

Ruffin was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. Troopers said they have not been able to determine whether or not she was wearing a seatbelt.

It is also unknown if either driver was impaired at the time of the crash.

Troopers are awaiting the results of toxicology tests from the blood samples taken.

The crash remains under investigation.

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