Unrestrained Juvenile Driver Killed in St. Landry Parish Crash
St. Landry Parish – On January 16, 2023, shortly after 9:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 49 near mile marker 22 in St. Landry Parish. The crash claimed the life of 17-year-old Jaquanta T. Jason (female) of Washington.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed Jason, who was unlicensed, was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry south on I-49 at a high rate of speed. For reasons still under investigation, the Camry rear-ended a 2015 Volvo 18-wheeler pulling a sugar cane trailer.
Jason was unrestrained and was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the 18-wheeler was restrained and not injured.
A standard toxicology sample was obtained from Jason for analysis. The 18-wheeler driver submitted a breath sample indicating no alcohol present and showed no signs of impairment. This crash remains under investigation.
This crash is unfortunately an example of the many driving issues troopers encounter on a daily basis. Speeding, inattention, lack of seat belt usage, and inexperience are factors that are all major contributors to crashes that occur on our roads every day. Please make good decisions when behind the wheel because crashes are unexpected, permanent, and can be prevented. For information on the graduated driver’s license visit: https://www.expresslane.org/drivers/driver-s-education-guides/
Troop I has investigated 7 fatal crashes resulting in 8 deaths in 2023.
TFC Thomas Gossen
Louisiana State Police
Troop I Public Affairs
Office: (337) 262-5880