William LaGrange, the 55-year-old founder of Creative World Travel Rallies and Caravans Inc., was found dead Thursday (Nov. 11) in his tour company van in New Orleans, La., after it went out of control, jumped a curb and slammed into the abutment of a railroad trestle, police said.
Creative World Travel, founded in 1976 by LaGrange in New Orleans, arranges international recreational vehicle tours.  
According to the Times Picayune, an autopsy was scheduled for today to determine whether LaGrange, a Lake Vista resident, died as a result of a heart attack, stroke or some other health problem, or from injuries suffered in the accident, authorities said.
LaGrange was alone in a company van driving on Marconi Drive shortly before noon when it inexplicably went out of control, jumped the curb and ramming into one of the concrete columns supporting the railroad trestle between Florida Boulevard and Interstate 610, police said.
LaGrange, a former king of the Carnival Krewe of Carrollton, founded his company 29 years ago and arranged “adventure” tours for thousands of people to places such as South Africa, China and, most recently, Scandinavia. LaGrange’s clients in recreational vehicles would travel either in a long column or meet at an agreed-upon stop each night, said Bruce Miller.
Miller, who said he was LaGrange’s “friend, personal and corporate attorney,” described him as “a man who loved life and will be missed by everyone who knew him and came in contact with him. Everyone whose lives he touched were better for it.”
Miller said LaGrange was a man who “could liven up a party no sooner than he walked into a room.”
He organized an annual rally at Mardi Gras in Marconi Meadows, Miller said, and “the irony of it is that where he died is a stone’s throw from where the RVs would park.”