A Thanksgiving Day crash claimed the life of a 31-year-old Montz man when two vehicles collided in Destrehan.
Cedrick Victor was driving a 2005 Camry north on East Harding St. approaching U.S. 61 when he apparently failed to yield at a stop sign, according to Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Melissa Matey. Victor’s car traveled into the path of a 2007 Pontiac G6 driven by 20-year-old Lawrence Ferrell III of River Ridge. The crash occurred shortly before 3 p.m.
Victor was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Ferrell was treated for moderate injuries at University Medical Center.
Victor was restrained by his seat belt at the time of the crash. Whether impairment was a factor in the accident is unknown, according to Matey. A toxicology test will be performed following an autopsy.
Ferrell was not restrained and voluntarily submitted to a blood test.
Matey offered a reminder that motorists should always look to make sure it is clear before pulling into traffic or crossing intersections.
“Always watch vehicles as they approach and gauge the distance they are covering as they approach,” Matey said. “ Never try and ‘make it’ across when it is unsafe to do so. Keep distractions to a minimum and keep your focus on the road. It only takes a fraction of a second for a crash to occur. “
She added that while not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease chance of death and reduce extent of injury.