Donaldsonville man killed in LA Hwy 30 Construction Zone crash

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Gonzales – Shortly before 11:30 p.m. on December 2, 2014, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a fatal crash that occurred in a construction zone on LA Hwy 30 west of I-10 near S. St. Landry Ave. in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 42-year-old Kirt P. Canova of Donaldsonville.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Canova was driving a 2010 Nissan Altima eastbound on LA Hwy 30. At the same time, 34-year-old Jason L. Buckley of Baton Rouge was parked in a 1998 Mack dump truck in the eastbound lane facing west inside of a construction zone. Witnesses stated that Canova ignored and drove past a flag man in the construction zone. As Buckley was parked waiting to unload construction materials the Nissan struck the dump truck head on.

Canova was unrestrained at the time of the crash and suffered fatal injuries as a result. Impairment is unknown on his part, and a toxicology sample was taken from him and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Buckley was in a parked vehicle and was unrestrained, yet was uninjured in the crash. Impairment is not suspected on his part.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of driving with caution in roadway construction zones. Drivers should slow down when approaching work zones and follow posted speed limits, warning signs, and flagmen directions. Drivers should also resist distractions and remain aware of their surroundings as there are often workers inside construction zones. Always remain vigilant and expect the unexpected as workers, work vehicles or equipment may enter your lane without warning.