Maurepas man dies in Hwy. 22 crash on Labor Day

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Shortly before 3:15 a.m. on September 1, 2014, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on La. Hwy. 22 west of La. Hwy. 16 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 37-year-old Robert G. Falcon, Jr. of Maurepas.

The St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department vehicle rescue team responded to the Labor Day morning fatality.

The Hwy. 22 crash site is now the location of five different fatalities that have taken place in this one spot in the past 3 to 5 years, stated St. Amant Fire Department Chief Officer James E. LeBlanc.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Falcon was driving a 2003 GMC Yukon eastbound on LA Hwy 22. As Falcon, Jr. approached a right hand curve, his vehicle ran off the roadway to the left. Upon doing so Falcon overcorrected, causing his vehicle to reenter the roadway. The Yukon then rolled several times on the roadway.

Falcon, Jr. was unrestrained at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales where he succumbed to injuries received in the crash. Impairment is unknown at this time; however, a toxicology sample was taken from Falcon, Jr. and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Seat belts were not worn during the accident.

The Sorrento Fire Department, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police also responded to the fatality, stated LeBlanc.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seat belt use, especially on a busy Labor Day holiday. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up.