On March 19, a 39-year-old woman died in a motor vehicle crash around 7 a.m. on LA 631 in St. Charles Parish. The woman, who was a resident of Des Allemands, was driving a sedan eastbound when an SUV, traveling in the westbound lane, crossed the centerline and hit her vehicle.
A Louisiana State Police spokeswoman reported that the fatal accident investigation continued and that the driver of the SUV was suspected of operating the vehicle while impaired. Police may file criminal charges pending the results of the crime lab’s toxicology tests.
When the accident happened, the 37-year-old SUV driver allegedly swerved off to the right of the roadway before veering back and crossing over the centerline. After the collision, the sedan spun around and came to rest in a ditch alongside the road. The woman died in the wreck, and the driver of the SUV was transported to Interim LSU Hospital with severe injuries.
An investigation into a car crash such as this one may take some time for the police to complete. If authorities find that a driver suspected of causing an accident was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the driver could face felony charges.
Regardless of what occurs at the criminal court level, the family of anyone killed in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence might seek the advice of a personal injury attorney. A wrongful death suit could be filed at the civil court level, hopefully granting the family compensation for all damages incurred as a result of the loss of their loved one. An attorney might also assist families with insurance company negotiations and settlements.
Source: NOLA, “Crash in St. Charles Parish kills Des Allemands woman,” Heather Nolan, March 19, 2015