Red River Parish – On October 9, 2011, at 8:10 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a single-vehicle crash on LA 1, just north of LA 509, in Red River Parish. The crash sent a man from Lindale, TX to a local hospital with critical injuries.

According to investigating troopers, 36-year-old Geoffrey J. Wilson was traveling south on LA 1, while operating a 2002 Nissan Maxima, when his vehicle entered a curve to the left. For unknown reasons, the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment which caused the vehicle to become airborne. After the vehicle landed, it overturned numerous times and came to rest on its roof.

Wilson was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was airlifted to Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) in Shreveport with critical injuries.

Speed and alcohol use are suspected to be factors in the crash.

Toxicology test results are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC), 43 percent of all fatal crashes in 2010 were alcohol related. Troopers would like to remind motorists to drive safely, never get behind the wheel impaired, and never get into a vehicle with an impaired driver. The consequences of drinking and driving can be costly or even deadly regardless of how many drinks you have consumed. Always designate a sober driver and remember that if you have had anything to drink you should not drive.