The crash took the life of 49-year-old Mikel Michel III of Geismar.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on December 1, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatality crash on LA 73 south of LA 74 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 49-year-old Mikel Michel III of Geismar.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Michel was traveling southbound on LA 73 in a 1999 Jeep Wrangler. For reason still under investigation, Michel ran off the right side of the road and struck a mailbox. Michel’s vehicle continued off the roadway into a ditch and began to overturn. Michel was not restrained and was ejected from the vehicle.

Michel sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash, but a toxicology sample will be taken from Michel for analysis.

Contributed by Louisiana State Police