Authorities Indicate Speed and Impairment Suspected as Factors in Early Morning Fatal Crash in Louisiana

By Evelina Rivers
Published June 22, 2023

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Authorities Indicate Speed and Impairment Suspected as Factors in Early Morning Fatal Rollover Crash in Louisiana

Webster Parish, Louisiana – Louisiana authorities have indicated that speed and impairment are suspected to be factors in an early morning fatal rollover crash.

According to the Louisiana State Police (LSP), on June 21, 2023, soon after 12:30 a.m., Troopers from Troop G began investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash on Fuller Road west of US Highway 371. Steven Studdard, 50, of Webster, Louisiana was killed in this crash.

The preliminary investigation found that Studdard was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado east on Fuller Road at a high rate of speed. The Silverado veered off the road and began to roll for unknown reasons. Studdard was ejected from the vehicle while unrestrained.
Studdard was killed as a result of this crash. The Webster Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced him dead at the scene. Louisiana State Police indicated that impairment is a possible factor in the crash. Routine toxicological samples were taken and will be analyzed. This crash is still being investigated.

Troopers want to urge drivers to always make wise decisions when driving. Never drive while intoxicated, fatigued, or distracted, obey all traffic laws, and always make sure that all occupants are securely restrained. While not all car accidents are avoidable, simple precautions like these can frequently mean the difference between life and death.

Speeding impairs a driver’s ability to properly steer around curves or obstructions in the road, increases the distance required to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a situation. Speeding and other aggressive driving habits are major causes of highway accidents and fatalities.

Troop G has investigated 13 fatal crashes so far in 2023, resulting in 13 deaths.