Passenger dies after car leaves road and hits trees

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - One person is dead and another is hospitalized with serious injuries after a crash Wednesday night.

Louisiana State Police reported Sheri Luke, 36, of Maurepas, was killed in a single-vehicle accident on LA 22 west of LA 16 near St. Amant in Ascension Parish around 9:45 p.m.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said it happened on LA 22 at the Laurel Ridge Levee.

Troopers said their investigation showed Jean-Eric Sebastian Siau, 22, of Maurepas, was driving west on LA 22 and Luke was the passenger.

According to investigators, when they were just east of the Diversion Canal, the 2004 Lincoln Town Car veered off the road, went through a ditch and hit several trees.

Officials reported Luke was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. They added Siau was also unrestrained but survived the wreck. He was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge with serious injuries.

Troopers said they do not believe impairment was a factor in the accident.

The crash remains under investigation.

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