Published: 04-30-2022 | Category: Troop A
Baton Rouge – On Friday April 29, 2022 shortly after 9:30 pm, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A responded to a three vehicle fatal crash on LA 408 (Hooper Road) between Watts Road and Breeden Drive. The crash has claimed the life of 22-year-old Ethan Gerald of Zachary.
The preliminary investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Gerald was driving a 2008 Toyota Camry east on Hooper Road at a high rate of speed. While attempting to change lanes, Gerald’s vehicle crashed into the left side of a 2017 Toyota Camry that was also driving east on Hooper Rd. After impact, Gerald’s vehicle traveled into the center median and struck a light pole. Gerald’s vehicle then entered into the westbound lanes and crashed into a 2015 Toyota Camry.
Despite being properly restrained, Gerald sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the 2015 Camry was also properly restrained and was transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries. Blood samples were collected for scientific analysis. The samples will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab as part of the ongoing investigation.
Speed, impairment, distractions and lack of seatbelt continue to represent contributing factors in crashes investigated by the Louisiana State Police. These preventable crashes often have life altering consequences for all parties involved. Please speak to your loved ones about the importance of safe decisions while driving.
Sgt. Dustin Dwight
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section
Office: (225) 925-6202