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Ville Platte man dies in crash on Highway 13 early Sunday

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By: ELIZABETH WEST
Associate Editor

A two vehicle crash on La. Highway 13 early Sunday morning claimed the life of 31-year-old Dustin Vidrine of Ville Platte.
According to a Louisiana State Police Troop I press release, the crash occurred “shortly after 2:20 a.m.” on September 18th “on La. 13 near Gilbert Road.”
Troop I’s investigation into the cause of the accident revealed that “31 year old Arthur Velasquez of Mamou was operating a 2006 Ford F-150 southbound on La. 13,” and that “for unknown reasons, Velasquez crossed the centerline and struck a northbound 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by Vidrine.”
The release went on to state that Velasquez, who “was not wearing a seat belt,” was transported to Opelousas General where he was treated for “moderate injuries.”
However, Vidrine, according to the release, “was properly restrained, but sustained fatal injuries,” and was “pronounced dead at the scene by the Evangeline Parish Coroner’s Office.”
State police say that “impairment is suspected to be a factor, but standard toxicology tests are pending on both drivers.”
Charges are pending in this matter while police continue to investigate the fatal crash.

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