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Golden Meadow man killed in Thursday morning crash

Golden Meadow man killed in Thursday morning crash

GOLDEN MEADOW, La. - Shortly before 11:00 a.m. Thursday morning, Troopers with Troop C began investigating a two-vehicle crash on LA 1 at the Golden Meadow flood gate. The crash took the life of 80-year-old Gerald Plaisance.

The preliminary investigation revealed Plaisance was traveling south on LA 1 in a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado when, for unknown reasons, he crossed the center line and entered the northbound lane of LA 1. Plaisance’s vehicle struck a northbound 2007 Freightliner truck being driven by 37-year-old Adrian Echeverria of Cypress, TX.

Plaisance was unrestrained at the time of the crash and suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office. Echeverria was restrained during the crash and was not injured.

Alcohol and/or drug use was not suspected as a factor on the part of Echeverria. Impairment is not suspected on the part of Plaisance, however, standard toxicology tests are pending through the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants of a motor vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.