DUTCHTOWN,LA (LOUISIANA STATE POLICe) — Shortly before 6:45 pm on Friday May 3, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on LA Hwy 74 near LA Hwy 928 (Bluff Rd.) in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of Adam N. Lambert, 21, of Gonzales.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Lambert was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer eastbound on LA Hwy 74. At the same time, Suzette Newman of Prairieville, 49, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse westbound on LA Hwy 74. For unknown reasons, Lambert failed to negotiate a left hand curve near LA Hwy 928. Lambert's Mitsubishi crossed the centerline into the westbound lane of travel and struck Newman's Chevrolet head-on.
Lambert was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries from the crash. Driver impairment on his part is not suspected. Newman and her two teenage passengers were properly restrained, and suffered only minor injuries in the crash. Impairment on Newman's part is not suspected. Troopers have submitted toxicology samples from both drivers to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seatbelt use. Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.