Drunk driving suspected in fatal crash on LA 13
EVANGELINE PARISH - Louisiana State Police suspect that drunk driving was a factor in a crash on LA 13 over the weekend that took the life of a Ville Platte man.
The crash occurred on Sunday around 2:20 a.m. on LA 13 near Gilbert Road. Arthur Velasquez, 31 of Mamou, was driving a Ford F-150 southbound on LA 13 when for unknown reasons, crossed the centerline. Velasquez struck a Chevrolet Cobalt that was driven by 31-year-old Dustin Vidrine, who was going northbound.
Velasquez was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and sustained moderate injuries. He was transported to an area hospital and is still being treated for his injuries. Vidrine was pronounced dead at the scene by the Evangeline Parish Coroner's Office.
Impairment is suspected to be a factor, and toxicology tests are pending on both drivers. According to Louisiana State Police, the crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.