New Iberia man dies in fiery wreck

A New Iberia man died Saturday night after his vehicle veered off the side of La. 318 in St. Mary Parish, struck several trees and caught fire.

Trooper First Class Stephen Hammons said the St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced George Carter, 65, dead at the scene.

Troopers are still investigating the crash, but think Carter’s 2009 Dodge vehicle ran off the left side of La. 318, near Gibbs Road, about 6:40 p.m., before hitting the trees and catching fire, Hammons said.

Troopers are unsure if Carter wore a seat belt at the time of the crash, Hammons said. A toxicology sample was sent to the State Crime Lab for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation.