Impairment and Lack of Seat Belt Use Leads to Death in Morehouse Parish Crash

LOUSIANA STATE POLICE, La - Early this morning in Morehouse Parish, a single vehicle crash killed a man from Bastrop. He was not wearing his seat belt and alcohol is considered to be a factor in this crash.

On June 4, 2017, shortly after 2:20 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single-vehicle crash on Henry Avenue just south of Bastrop. The preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Pontiac Bonnerville, driven by 44-year-old Terence Brandley of Bastrop, was traveling east on Henry Avenue. The Bonneville traveled across the center line and into a ditch. After traveling into the ditch, the Bonneville struck a dirt embankment and came to rest.

Brandley, who was not properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Morehouse Parish Coroner's Office.

Alcohol use is a suspected factor that contributed to this crash. A routine toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana law requires vehicle occupants to be restrained in all seating positions, day and night. Wearing a seat belt on every trip, whether it's short or long, is the most effective thing motorists can do to protect themselves in the even of a crash. Motorists are encouraged to always make the smart choice and to wear their seat belt.

Alcohol consumption affect judgment as well as the skill needed to drive safely. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before going to any place where alcohol will be consumed. Not doing so can h ave deadly consequences.

To report impaired drivers, motorists are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from the cellular phone or to contact their local law enforcement agency.

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