Shortly after 10 a.m. on August 4, 2017, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash in the intersection of LA 70 and LA 3120 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 76-year-old Ronald Dimm of Plaquemine.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Dimm was traveling southbound on LA 3120 in a 1991 Dodge Shadow. At the same time, 69-year-old Henry Ordoyne, Jr. of St. James was traveling westbound on LA 70 in a 2004 Ford F-150. For reasons still under investigation, Dimm failed to yield at the stop sign and struck Ordoyne’s vehicle in the intersection. Dimm was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.
Dimm sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. Ordoyne was properly restrained and sustained moderate injuries as a result of the crash. He was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash, but a toxicology sample will be taken from both drivers for analysis.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants of a motor vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.