Franklinton teen killed in single-vehicle crash

Published 10:42 am Friday, April 29, 2016

Shortly after midnight on Friday, April 29, troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L were dispatched to a single-vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 38 north of Louisiana Highway 10 in St. Helena Parish. The crash claimed the life of 19-year-old Hunter Michael McGregor of Franklinton.

Trooper First Class Dustin Dwight, of the Public Affairs Section of the LSP, said that physical evidence on-scene led investigating troopers to determine that McGregor was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt westbound on Highway 38. As McGregor traveled through a curved portion of Highway 38, his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway.

Dwight said that McGregor then overcorrected to the left, causing his vehicle to rotate counter-clockwise as it traveled through the eastbound lane and into a ditch. After entering the ditch, McGregor’s vehicle overturned and impacted a large tree. Despite being properly restrained, McGregor sustained severe injuries in the crash.

Dwight said McGregor was pronounced deceased on-scene by the St. Helena Parish Coroner’s Office.

Troopers do not suspect impairment to have been a contributing factor in this crash. As part of the on-going crash investigation, Troopers obtained blood samples, which will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

“While not every crash is survivable, please ensure that you are doing everything possible to protect yourself in the event of a crash,” Dwight said. “Simply wearing a seatbelt greatly reduces your chances of being injured or killed in the event of a serious crash. Please take the time to speak to your loved ones about the importance of wearing a seatbelt, avoiding distractions and never driving impaired.”