Driver Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Calcasieu Parish Crash
Lake Charles – On December 22, 2022, shortly after 5:15 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a serious injury crash involving three vehicles on the I-210 Bridge in Calcasieu Parish. The crash claimed the life of 32-year-old Michael Lee Soileau Jr. of Vinton.
The initial investigation revealed a 2008 Pontiac G6, driven by Soileau, was traveling west on I-210. For unknown reasons, Soileau lost control of the vehicle and struck the inside concrete barrier. After the initial impact with the concrete barrier, the Pontiac became disabled in the roadway and blocked both lanes of travel. The driver of a 2005 Jeep Liberty, who was traveling behind the Pontiac, had stopped his vehicle because of the road obstruction. At the same time, the driver of a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, who was traveling west, was unable to stop his vehicle and struck the left rear of the Jeep before striking the passenger side of the Pontiac.
Soileau was properly restrained and sustained serious injuries. He was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet and the Jeep, who were both properly restrained, sustained minor injuries. Toxicology samples were obtained from all three drivers and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted. Always ensure every occupant is properly restrained and follow all traffic laws. Taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop D has investigated 31 fatal crashes resulting in 33 deaths in 2022.
TFC Derek Senegal
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
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