Posted: Jan 15, 2012 12:25 PM by Romni DiJohn
Updated: Jan 15, 2012 3:44 PM
Source: State Police
BATON ROUGE - State Police are investigating a crash involving a Utility Terrain Vehicle this morning that left the driver seriously injured and claimed the lives of two passengers.
The crash happened on LA 75 near the intersection at Milly Plantation Road shortly after 3:00 a.m.
Troopers say Matthew Verret, 25, of Plaquemine was driving a Ranger Polaris 800 across LA 75 when he missed the driveway he was trying to pull into.
The UTV hit a ditch and Verret, along with two passengers, sustained serious injuries. None of them were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
EMS brought Verret to a Baton Rouge hospital where he remains in serious condition this afternoon.
The two passengers, Brooklyn Landry, 18, and Brendan Landry, 27, both of Plaquemine, succumbed to their injuries and died shortly after the crash.
Troopers do not suspect impairment to have played a factor in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation, and charges are pending.
Note: The Ranger Polaris 800 Verret was driving is a Utility Terrain Vehicle. UTVs are designed for off-road use and Louisiana law does not allow three-wheelers, four-wheelers, golf-carts, or similar vehicles to be driven on public roadways. A picture of a similar vehicle is attached to this story, just to put into perspective the type of vehicle involved in the crash. This is NOT the actual vehicle involved.
Image courtesy: utvguide.net