One woman has lost her life in a car crash in Oupelousas, according to local sources. The 57-year-old woman was pronounced dead following a two-vehicle accident that sent another person to the hospital. Car accidents causing fatalities are always carefully investigated by Louisiana authorities, though, in this instance, it does not appear criminal charges will be forthcoming.
According to the report, the woman was headed northbound on Interstate 103 when the road curved. For some reason, the woman’s car did not adjust for the curve, and she ended up crossing the center line into the southbound lane. This caused a collision with a southbound pickup truck being driven by an unknown person. That individual was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and survived, though they were considered in serious condition when they were transported to the hospital.
The female driver was in critical condition following the crash. She was also rushed to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Louisiana State Patrol took blood samples from both drivers involved in the crash to determine whether drugs and/or alcohol were contributing factors to the accident, but the results have yet to be publicized.
If it turns out the female driver was drunk or high at the time of the crash, this could significantly impact the surviving individual’s legal recourse in this case. Car accidents causing injury can be taken to Louisiana civil court in the form of a personal injury lawsuit filed against the driver at fault. In this case, the suit could be filed against the deceased driver’s estate.