Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a report of a two vehicle crash on May 30, 2015 at the intersection of LA Highway 527 and Goat Hill Road that claimed the life of an Elm Grove man.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 GMC Pickup driven by 54-year-old Charles Sweeney of Elm Grove was traveling east on LA 527 when it crossed the center line to make a left turn onto Goat Hill Road and collided head-on with a 1997 Nissan Sentra driven by 53-year-old Carol Overstreet also of Elm Grove.
Charles Sweeney and his passenger 39-year-old Anthony Sweeney were both properly restrained at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries. Carol Overstreet was also properly restrained at the time of the crash, but her injuries were more severe and she was transported to University Health Shreveport by Life Air.
Carol’s passenger 54-year-old Jesse Overstreet also of Elm Grove was not restrained at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle. Jesse sustained fatal injuries during the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bossier Parish Coroner.
Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis, but impairment is not suspected to be a factor. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana law prohibits vehicles from crossing the center line unless in a designated passing zone and it is safe to do so. The law also requires motor vehicle occupants to be properly restrained in every seating position, day and night.
Wearing a seatbelt significantly reduces the likelihood of being seriously injured or killed as the result of a crash and is the single most effective thing motorists can do to protect themselves.