Everyone knows that accidents happen. Milk gets spilt and toes get stubbed, but when accidents happen on Louisiana roadways, the repercussions can be disastrous. An auto accident can have fatal results, such as a recent crash on Interstate 59 that left one 42-year-old Louisiana woman dead and could land another woman behind bars for some time.
The head-on collision occurred early on the morning of May 20 in St. Tammany Parish. According to reports, the Louisiana woman was driving her SUV north down I-59 when a pickup truck swerved from the southbound lane into the northbound lane before colliding head on with the SUV. The 51-year-old woman who was driving the pickup was suspected of being impaired at the time of the accident.
Both of the women were taken to a New Orleans hospital. The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the hospital, while the driver of the pickup sustained moderate injuries. It was reported that, upon being released from the hospital, the pickup truck driver will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail to answer to charges of vehicular homicide and reckless driving. At the time that the Times-Picayune released an article reporting the accident, toxicology results were still pending.
An auto accident like this one illustrates just how serious the results of a bad decision can be. For Louisiana drivers, obeying traffic laws and driving responsibly can mean the difference between life and death when behind the wheel.