Shortly before 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, Apr. 28, Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy. 110 in Beauregard Parish about four miles south of Merryville. The crash claimed the life of Texas resident John Mueller.
The initial investigation revealed that he was traveling west on LA 110 in a 2017 Dodge Journey SUV. The driver lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right side of the roadway, and into a ditch. The SUV then struck a culvert and rolled over several times before coming to rest on its side.
The driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Beauregard Parish Coroner’s Office.
While not all crashes are survivable, seat belts can greatly decrease the occupant’s chance of death and can greatly reduce the extent of injury.
Troop D has investigated 9 fatal crashes resulting in 11 deaths in 2019.