AVOYELLES PARISH, La. (Louisiana State Police) - On Wednesday night, a crash involving an ATV and a van killed a man from St. Martinville, and injured two young children. The driver of the ATV was not wearing a helmet and his two juvenile passengers were not wearing a helmet when the crash occurred.
Troopers responded to the crash around 7:50 p.m., which occurred on Gold Dust Loop west of LA Hwy 1175. The crash involved a Honda 420 Rancher (ATV), driven by Jeremy B. Armand (W/M 30 yrs) and a 2012 Mazda van, driven by Hope H. Parrish (W/F 28 yrs) of Bunkie. The Honda was eastbound on Gold Dust Loop when Armand crossed the centerline into the westbound lane. This action resulted in the Honda colliding head-on with the westbound Mazda.
Armand was ejected from the ATV and was pronounced dead at the scene. His two passengers, identified as a 3 year old male and an 8 year old female, were also ejected from the ATV. The male suffered moderate injuries and the female suffered severe injuries. Both were transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center for treatment.
Parrish was not wearing a seat belt, but was not injured.
Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
The public is reminded that it is dangerous and illegal to operate off-road vehicles (i.e. three-wheelers, four-wheelers, and other all-terrain vehicles) on any public roadway in this state.
Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. We ask you to take one second to “buckle up!” Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Not wearing a seat belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes.
Troop E Troopers have investigated 25 fatal crashes in 2017, resulting in 31 fatalities.