LSP: Man in deadly wreck wasn't wearing seat belt

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Posted: Jul 7, 2014 4:33 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 7, 2014 4:33 PM
Source: WBRZ

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MARINGOUIN - State Police said a Maringouin man who died in a single-vehicle wreck Monday morning was not wearing their seat belt.

Troopers said Izel Givens, 56, died after the crash on LA 977 south of LA 77 in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Investigators said around 11:30 a.m. Givens was in his pickup when he drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic. Troopers said he overcorrected, and the truck went off the road before hitting a tree.

State Police said Givens, who was unrestrained, was thrown from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries as a result.

Troopers said they do not suspect driver impairment, but they're testing a sample of his blood at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

State Police said Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. LSP said while not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained.

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