VINTON, La. — A Groves man was killed early Thursday morning in a single-vehicle crash along Interstate 10 in Southwest Louisiana.

Daryl M. Piazza, 54, of Groves, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck about six and a half miles west of Vinton, La., according to a news release from the Louisiana State police.

From the Louisiana State Police…

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, shortly after 1:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a single-vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 10 about 6 ½ miles west of Vinton. The crash claimed the life of 54-year-old Daryl M. Piazza of Groves, Texas. 

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 GMC pickup truck driven by Piazza was traveling west on I-10. For unknown reasons, the pickup truck ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a guardrail, and rolled over. 

Piazza was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office. 

A toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation. 

Louisiana State Police wish to remind motorists that all occupants in a vehicle must be properly restrained, regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. The decision not to wear a seat belt can have deadly consequences. Motorists are encouraged to make the smart choice and to always wear a seat belt.

Troop D has investigated 16 fatal crashes resulting in 19 deaths.