On Monday, August 29, 2022, just after 5:00 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a one-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 154, just west of LA Hwy 507. This crash claimed the life of 34-year-old Bridgette Dauzat, of Jamestown, who was not restrained.

The initial investigation revealed a 2008 Ford F-150, driven by Dauzat, was traveling east on LA Hwy 154 at a high rate of speed. For reasons still under investigation, she ran off the road to the right and overcorrected. This action caused her vehicle to travel across both lanes and again exit the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the Ford collided with several trees.

Dauzat, who was unrestrained, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Bienville Parish Coroner.

Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chances of being injured or killed in a crash. Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Properly wearing your seat belt is one of the most effective ways to save your life and reduce injuries in crashes.

In 2022, Troop G has investigated 25 fatal crashes, resulting in 28 deaths.

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