TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA — Yesterday evening, Monday, June 4, shortly after 6:00 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on LA 442. The crash took place approximately 2.5 miles west of Interstate 55 and claimed the life of the female driver, Glavis Garcia, 28, of Independence, LA.
Troopers’ preliminary investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Garcia was traveling west on LA 442 in a 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck when the vehicle drifted off road to the right. As Garcia attempted to reenter the roadway, she overcorrected to the left and then back to the right causing the pickup to rotate clockwise and overturn several times. Garcia was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle. She sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.
The front seat passenger in the Chevrolet pickup, Juan Hernandez, 26, and an infant passenger, both of Independence, were properly restrained and received minor injuries in the crash.
Alcohol use is unknown at this time pending the results of a toxicology exam.
While fatal crashes across our state have steadily decreased over the past several years, Troopers witness firsthand the remarkable difference the use of a seatbelt makes in reducing injuries and fatalities in crashes. Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective decision a driver or passenger can make to protect themselves in a crash.