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Unrestrained Sterlington woman succumbs to injuries from vehicle crash

On Saturday, July 23, just after 9 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Hwy 165 south of LA Hwy 2. This crash claimed the life of 76-year-old Mary C. Robertson of Sterlington.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Ford Explorer, driven by Robertson, was traveling south on U.S. Hwy 165. For reasons still under investigation, Robertson attempted to make a left turn onto Lenox Bridge Road. As the Ford entered the northbound lanes of U.S. Hwy 165, it was struck by a northbound vehicle.

Robertson, who was not restrained, sustained serious injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the other vehicle, who was properly restrained, sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. Impairment is unknown; however, a toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

On Monday, July 25, Troop F was notified that Robertson had succumbed to her injuries.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself during a vehicle crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.

In 2022, Troop F investigated 17 fatal crashes, resulting in 21 fatalities.