Two Juveniles Injured In St. Landry Parish Crash
St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office Captain Megan Vizena says a traffic crash around 6:15 Wednesday evening at the intersection of East Courtableau Road east of Port Barre left two juveniles injured.
The collision involved an all terrain vehicle and a car.
Captain Vizena stated,
“At approximately 6:17p.m., on July 24, 2013, the St. Landry 911 Communication Center received a call regarding a traffic accident on East Courtableau road east of Port Barre involving a motor vehicle and a 4-wheeler. Deputies quickly responded to the accident where it was learned that both the operator and the passenger of the 4 wheeler were 15 year old juveniles. Witnesses stated the atv entered the roadway from the north directly in the path of a motor vehicle traveling west on Courtableau road.”
The captain says she can't stress enough the importance of wearing a helmet.
“Safety helmets were not being worn by the juveniles at the time of the crash. Both victims were transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. The driver of the motor vehicle was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the crash. “
Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said,
“Louisiana law requires that the atv operator have a valid Class “E” driver’s license. ATVs are not allowed on a roadway unless it is registered as a vehicle engaged in the business of actual farming. We want to remind atv operators about the importance of wearing a helmet when riding. Appropriate helmets can help to reduce injuries sustained to riders in the event of a crash."
Information about Louisiana State Law regarding ATV operation on public roadways can be found at http://legis.la.gov/lss/lss.asp?doc=88237.