Unrestrained Driver Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Head-On Crash

Published: 09-18-2023 | Category: Troop D


September 18, 2023


Unrestrained Driver Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Head-On Crash

Jefferson Davis Parish – On September 17, 2023, shortly before 8:15 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of LA Hwy 26 and Hillias Road in Jefferson Davis Parish. The crash claimed the life of 29-year-old Chelsey E. Benoit of Jennings.  

The initial investigation revealed a 2014 GMC pickup truck, driven by 65-year-old Jeffery L. Meche of Jennings, was traveling north on LA 26. At the same time, a 2006 GMC Envoy (SUV), driven by Benoit, was traveling south on LA 26. For unknown reasons, Meche crossed over into the southbound lane of travel and struck the SUV head-on.

Benoit, who was not properly restrained, was transported to an area hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Meche was not properly restrained and sustained moderate injuries. He was transported by air ambulance to a Lafayette area hospital for treatment.

A toxicology sample was obtained from Benoit and will be submitted for analysis. A toxicology sample from Meche is pending. 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. We ask you to take three seconds to “buckle up!”  Louisiana law requires vehicle occupants to be properly restrained in all seating positions, day and night. Not wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of preventable death in motor vehicle crashes.

Troop D has investigated 26 fatal crashes resulting in 29 deaths in 2023.   

Contact Information:

TFC Derek Senegal

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs Section

Office: (337) 491-2513