ST. CHARLES PARISH, La. -- A Houma man died late Wednesday after his car slammed into a guardrail on US 61 north, according to State Police spokesman Trooper Melissa Matey.
State Police suspect the speeding was the cause of the single-car crash.
Around 11:45 p.m., Ryan Murtha, 24, was headed north on the highway, near LA 627, at a high rate of speed, according to Matey, swerved to miss a vehicle in the right lane and lost control on his Nissan 350Z.
"Murtha then overcorrected the Nissan and it began to rotate and ran off the road to the right impacting a metal guardrail which penetrated the driver’s door. Murtha was pronounced dead on the scene," said a statement from Matey.
According to Matey, whether Murtha was impairment is unknown and toxicology results are pending an autopsy. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and the crash remains under investigation.