Lake Charles Woman Dies in Suspected Drowsy Driving Crash on I-10

Let this story remind you that if you ever feel tired or sleepy behind the wheel, please stop.

Just after midnight, Louisiana State Police officers responded to a horrific scene on eastbound Interstate 10 near Mile Post 114 between Breaux Bridge and Henderson in the parish of St. Martin. A Ford Fusion had struck a guardrail on the right-hand side of the freeway, damaging the passenger door. But what’s even worse is that 25-year-old Karalan Hayes from Lake Charles was in the passenger seat and ended up dying in hospital from her injuries.

Investigators say Austin Lee of Lake Charles was driving on I-10 when investigators believe driver fatigue may have become a factor when he went off the lane and into the guardrail. A toxicology sample was taken from Lee for analysis, but soldiers do not believe impairment was a factor. He was cited for careless service. Lee suffered only minor injuries.

The boy at them wasn’t hurt.

All were restrained at the time of the crash, which is still under investigation.

The State Police would like to leave you this message because the officers only want you to be as safe as possible on the streets:

Louisiana State Troopers want to remind motorists to never drive tired. If you’re feeling tired behind the wheel, strategies like pulling off the road for a quick nap or drinking a caffeinated beverage can help. For more information on the dangers associated with drowsy driving and how to combat the problem, visit

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