According to investigating troopers, at 4:30 p.m. a 2001 Ford truck driven by 22-year-old David Hilton of Youngsville, was traveling east on La. 14, according to a news release from Tfc. Stephen Hammons of Troop I public affairs.
For reasons still under investigation, Hilton’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, overturned, struck a tree and a business before coming to rest, Hammons reported.
Hilton, who was not restrained, was pronounced dead by the Vermilion Parish croner. A passenger in Hilton’s vehicle, 27-year-old Grant Vercher of Erath, was also unrestrained and was transported to a hospital with moderate injuries.
It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in this crash; however, toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Last year over 60 percent of people who died in fatal crashes in the Troop I area, were unrestrained. Troopers remind drivers that Louisiana Law requires all occupants of motor vehicles to be properly restrained. While wearing a seatbelt will not save you in every crash, it will greatly reduce the risk of injuries in most crashes.