One Killed and Two Others Injured in Single-Vehicle Crash After Vehicle Runs Off LA 44 in St. John the Baptist Parish

By Evelina Rivers
Published August 11, 2023

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St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana – One person was killed and two others were injured in a single-vehicle crash after the vehicle ran off LA 44 in St. John the Baptist Parish.

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop B attended the scene of a lone-vehicle crash near W. Third Street on LA 44 in St. John the Baptist Parish, shortly after 11:00 am on August 10, 2023. This unfortunate incident took the life of Mary E. Davis, 76, from Mount Airy, Louisiana.

The preliminary inquiry has shown that Ronald Williams, aged 66, was driving a 2014 Mazda CX9 heading west on LA 44 near W. Third Street. As he continued driving, he tried overtaking another vehicle that was moving in the same direction. For reasons that are still being looked into, Williams lost control of his vehicle as he moved across the center of the road. The Mazda veered off the road and hit several objects before crashing into a home.

Davis, who was riding in the back seat, incurred lethal injuries and was declared dead on the spot. Williams, along with another person sitting in the front, experienced severe injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital for medical care. Despite the incident, no one inside the house was hurt. It remains uncertain if Williams was under any influence, and customary toxicology reports are still awaited.

LSP indicates that the primary causes of fatal accidents continue to be speeding, impaired driving and not wearing seatbelts. The authorities urge the public to be prepared with a strategy to prevent impaired driving. Speeding diminishes a driver’s ability to navigate safely around bends or obstacles on the road, lengthens the stopping distance of a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle covers while the driver responds to a situation. Law enforcement officers wish to stress the significance of making safe choices when driving. Although not all collisions are survivable, wearing a seatbelt significantly lowers the risk of a fatality or serious injury in a crash.