St. Landry Parish – At approximately 9:30 p.m. on August 13, 2020, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I were notified of a single-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 10 near LA Hwy 182 in St. Landry Parish. The crash took the life of 45-year-old Daniel Scott Palmer of Maurice.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Palmer was driving a 1999 Lexus L47 SUV westbound on LA 10 when, for unknown reasons, he failed to negotiate a left curve. Upon doing so, the Lexus exited the roadway and struck an embankment of a small canal.
Palmer was restrained at the time of the crash. He was transported to a local hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Impairment is unknown and standard toxicology samples were obtained for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Troopers witness, firsthand, the effects crash forces have on motor vehicles and the devastating effects of those forces on the human body. While not all crashes are survivable, proper seat belt usage can greatly increase the chances of surviving a crash by spreading out those forces across the strong bones of the body. Properly worn seat belts also help to keep the occupants of vehicles in their seat and protect the head and spine. Please be a responsible driver, obey speed limits, drive sober, buckle up, and avoid all distractions.
Troop I has investigated 33 fatal crashes resulting in 36 deaths in 2020.