Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I say a Duson man is dead after a two vehicle crash on LA Highway 724 south of Landry Road.

According to investigating Troopers, shortly before 10:45 a.m. yesterday, 43-year-old Jamie Benoit of Duson was driving a 1994 GMC truck north on LA 724. Benoit crossed the centerline and struck a 2003 Mazda passenger car, driven by 17-year-old Emile Peltier of Duson. Benoit, who was properly restrained, died as a result of the crash. Peltier and her three passengers were all properly restrained. They were transported to area hospitals with moderate injuries.

Troopers suspect Benoit was impaired and have obtained toxicology samples which will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Last year, 62% of the fatal crashes investigated by Troop I involved some form of impairment. While results are still pending in this crash, Troopers remind drivers about the dangers of impaired driving. Even after having just one drink, decision making abilities are hindered. Make the responsible decision every time, don't drink and drive.