Unrestrained Driver Killed, Restrained Passenger Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash in St. Mary Parish

Published: 09-30-2023 | Category: Troop I

St. Mary Parish – Shortly after 7:30 a.m. on September 30, 2023, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I were notified of a single-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 87 near Justa Street in St. Mary Parish. The crash claimed the life of 54-year-old Robbin Landry Vining of Charenton.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed the crash occurred as Vining was driving a 2006 Toyota Corolla north on LA 87. For reasons still under investigation, the Corolla exited the roadway to the right, struck a ditch, and overturned.

Vining was unrestrained and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Mary Coroner’s Office. A passenger in the Corolla was properly restrained and transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Impairment is unknown and a toxicology sample was obtained for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

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, and always ensure every occupant is properly restrained. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.

Troop I has investigated 37 fatal crashes resulting in 42 deaths in 2023.