This morning (Tuesday, September 15, 2020), just before 9:00 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash on LA 21 south of LA 1071 in Washington Parish. The crash claimed the life of 23-year-old Chad Hibley of Bogalusa.
The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Hibley was southbound on LA 21 in a 2013 Ford Explorer. For reasons still under investigation, he exited the roadway and impacted a culvert followed by a utility pole. Hibley was unrestrained and died on the scene due to injuries sustained during the crash. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor. As part of the ongoing investigation, a blood sample was taken from Hibley for scientific analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists to make good, safe decisions such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, obeying the speed limit, and avoiding all distractions which can often mean the difference between life and death. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained.