I read the article before it was edited... can we at least make it known that the article stated that alcohol was involved? I really dislike seeing "Another smart fatality" when it was really "Another drunk fatality who happened to be driving a smart".Since the name of the victim is mentioned we should abstain posting it, at least until either it's cleared in the media by some next of kin, or we find an independent source that doesn't mention name.
It's the local media privilege (or MO) to post names, it's not ours to rely the info.
Slidell, Louisiana – Fatal Crash on I-10 Claims Mississippi Man
Posted on February 21, 2011 by admin
Mississippi Man succumbs to Injuries following I-10 Crash
Slidell – Last night at 10:25 pm, Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a two vehicle crash on Interstate 10 at the U.S. 190 overpass in St. Tammany Parish.
The crash occurred as a 2009 Smart SRS car was traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 when, for unknown reasons, it drifted to the left impacting the eastbound guardrail on the U.S. 190 overpass. The Smart car then continued east on the left shoulder for approximately 125 feet before crossing the center median and impacting the westbound lane’s guardrail causing it to overturn and flip several times. As the Smart car came to rest across the westbound lanes of Interstate 10, it was impacted by a 2011 Hyundai SUV traveling westbound in the center lane.
The driver of the Smart car, J*** L*** (W/M age 23) of P***, MS, was transported to the Ochsner Northshore Medical Center with serious injuries. On February 20, 2011, Troop L was notified by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office that L*** had been pronounced dead as a result of his injuries. L*** was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and alcohol use is suspected to be a factor.
The driver of the 2011 Hyundai, S*** C*** of N***, LA, received minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Slidell Memorial Hospital. C*** was wearing her seatbelt and alcohol use is not suspected.
A blood sample from both drivers was obtained and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
TFC Nick Manale
Public Affairs Unit Troop L
Louisiana State Police
Office: (985) 893-6250
I figured that's what it meant, but why would the police report point that out ("...as a 2009 Smart SRS car was traveling eastbound") like a secondary restraint system was unique to the smart or like it was a special feature on this particular smart? Especially since it's required on all passenger cars? It's like saying a "smart TBL car" (for third brake light).SRS: Secondary Restraint System (like airbags).
I'm never happy to hear of an accident, much less a death.
This brings the total to 5 known and verified deaths in the USA. Keep in mind that if the smart fortwo had an average safety record, the number would be around 10 deaths.