Unrestrained Driver Killed, Passenger Injured in Lafayette Parish Crash

Published: 12-25-2023 | Category: Troop I

Lafayette Parish – Shortly after 1:00 a.m. on December 25, 2023, Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 49 northbound near Mile Post 6 in Lafayette Parish. The crash claimed the life of 30-year-old Tevin Ford of Bunkie.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as a 2021 Chevrolet Corvette, driven by Tevin Ford, was traveling north on I-49 at a high rate of speed. For reasons still under investigation, the Corvette rear-ended a Volvo 18-wheeler sugar cane hauler, which was also traveling north. After becoming disabled in the roadway, the Corvette was struck by a northbound 2021 Nissan Versa.

Ford, who was unrestrained, was ejected from the Corvette. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office. His passenger was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The 18-wheeler driver suffered minor injuries, and the driver of the Versa reported no injuries.

Impairment is unknown, and toxicology samples were obtained for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Making a death notification, especially when circumstances prove to be so preventable, makes that notification an even more difficult conversation. Holidays are a time to celebrate friends and family. Unfortunately, some will now forever remember this time as a tragedy.  Please never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted. Always ensure every occupant is properly restrained and follow all traffic laws. If not for you, do it for those you love.    

Troop I has investigated 55 fatal crashes resulting in 60 deaths in 2023.

Contact Information:

TFC Thomas Gossen
Public Information Officer
Troop I - Public Affairs
337-262-5880 (office)