Unrestrained driver killed in Christmas Eve crash

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

At approximately 10 p.m. on December 24, troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality on LA Hwy 447 south of LA Hwy 63 in Livingston Parish.

The crash took the life of 24-year-old Chad A. Whisman of Walker.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Whisman was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on LA Hwy 447. For unknown reasons, as Whisman entered a right hand curve, his vehicle ran off the roadway to the left. After leaving the roadway the Chevrolet struck a tree on the driver’s side.

Whisman was unrestrained and suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased on scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office. Impairment on his part is unknown at this time, but may have been a factor. A toxicology sample was obtained from him to be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. A juvenile front seat passenger was restrained and was uninjured. This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants in a vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired and always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death.

Contributed by Louisiana State Police