Fatal crash goes unnoticed in cane field for unknown period of time
BROUSSARD, LA — A St. Martinville man was pronounced dead on Saturday. Although officials know he died from a car crash, they don’t know exactly when it happened or why it happened.
The Broussard Police Department reports that it was contacted on Saturday, July 6 at roughly 9:00 a.m. in regards to a crash on LA 96. When officers arrived on scene, they quickly determined that the crash was not recent and have no idea how long the vehicle sat there unnoticed. They say the engine was cold and the vehicle was full of mud, but the ground was somewhat dry.
It is believed the driver of the vehicle, Brandon A. Labiche, 28, was speeding when he lost control for unknown reasons. He went off the road and went into a ditch, then continued into the cane field for about 500 feet. The vehicle appeared to have overturned several times before coming rest.
Officials believe Labiche was not wearing a seatbelt, which caused him to be ejected. He was found roughly 50 feet from the vehicle.
A sample of Labiche’s blood has been submitted for analysis. At this time it is unknown whether alcohol was a factor.
If you know anything about this crash, please call the Broussard Police Department at (337) 837-6259.