Unrestrained Louisiana Man Killed in Morning Two-Vehicle Crash On LA 28, impairment Suspected

By Calcasieu Staff
Published May 18, 2023

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Unrestrained Louisiana Man Killed in Morning Two-Vehicle Crash On LA 28, impairment Suspected

Rapides Parish, Louisiana –  A Louisiana man who was not restrained was killed in a morning two-vehicle crash on LA 28, and impairment is suspected.

On May 17, 2023, Louisiana State Police (LSP) reported that at approximately 6:25 a.m., Troopers of Troop E responded to a two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 28 West at Belgard Bend. John D. McCabe, 48, of Boyce, Louisiana, died in the crash.

According to reports from LSP, the preliminary inquiry found that McCabe was driving a 2006 Honda Accord south on Belgard Bend. McCabe reportedly failed to stop at the crossroads of Louisiana Highway 28 West for unknown reasons and was struck by an eastbound 2002 Ford F-250.

McCabe, who was not restrained at the time of the crash, suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and juvenile passenger in the Ford, who were restrained at the time of the crash, sustained no injuries. Louisiana State Police indicated that impairment is suspected to be a factor in this crash. Routine toxicological samples were taken and analyzed. This crash is still being investigated.

While not all crashes are survivable, correct use of seat belts can considerably lower an occupant’s likelihood of death and may greatly lessen the level of harm. Keeping every occupant securely confined can often mean the difference between life and death.

Louisiana State Police would like to remind all motorists that if you feel differently, you drive differently. Alcohol, prescription drugs, and other drugs have several side effects on the body that impair driving abilities. These drugs can impair visual capacity, alter the perception of time and space, impair fine motor abilities required to operate a motor vehicle, and decrease reaction times. Motorists are asked to plan ahead of time and designate a sober driver. Failure to do so can be fatal.

LSP Troop E has investigated 21 fatal crashes so far in 2023, resulting in 24 fatalities.