Gonzales Man Killed after His Vehicle Strikes a Tree near Blind River

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Gramercy – Shortly after 2:30 a.m. on September 3, 2014, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on US Hwy 61 south of I-10 in St. James Parish. The crash took the life of 53-year-old Bobby L. Garantine of Gonzales.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Garantine was driving a 1991 Pontiac Bonneville northbound on US Hwy 61 just south of the Blind River. For unknown reasons Garantine’s Bonneville entered into the center median. Garantine overcorrected causing his vehicle to run off the roadway to the right. Upon doing so the Bonneville struck a tree on the driver’s side and became partially submerged in water.

Garantine was unrestrained at the time of the crash. He was transported to St. James Hospital in Lutcher where he succumbed to injuries received in the crash. Impairment is unknown at this time, and a toxicology sample was taken from Garantine and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seat belt use. 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.