Suspected impaired driver critically injured in DeSoto Parish Crash

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 7:43pm

On February 14, 2013, shortly after 11:30 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G investigated a one vehicle crash on LA Highway 175 just south of LA Highway 3015 in DeSoto Parish that seriously injured a Mansfield woman.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Toyota Camry driven by 30-year-old Krystle Hall of Mansfield was traveling south on LA Highway 175 when Hall failed to negotiate a left hand curve, causing the vehicle to exit the roadway to the right, and overturn.

Hall was not wearing her seatbelt during the crash and was ejected. Hall sustained life threatening injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Impairment is a suspected factor in this crash. A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Modern vehicles are designed with numerous safety systems to help protect vehicle occupants in the event of a crash such as airbags and energy absorbing structures. However, they are of little use if a vehicle occupant chooses not to wear a seatbelt and is ejected from the vehicle. Motorists are encouraged to make the smart choice and to always wear a seatbelt.

In 2012, Louisiana State Police Troop G investigated 29 fatal crashes and of those crashes, 28 percent involved impaired drivers. The Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind you that if you get behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired you not only increase your chances of being seriously injured or killed, you put others at risk as well. Don’t let a wrong choice be your last choice. Drive sober or get pulled over.

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