Drivers everywhere rely on other drivers to pay attention to the rules of the road. When a driver either fails to notice or ignores something like a stop sign, any vehicle already in the intersection is in jeopardy. For example, the intersection of Louisiana 821 and Louisiana 33 recently became the scene of a fatal accident when a westbound driver failed to obey a stop sign.
When the westbound pickup truck barreled through the intersection, it slammed into a car occupied by two people, which was headed south. The impact thrust the car into a parking lot where it hit another vehicle only occupied by a passenger at the time. The 49-year-old driver of the car hit by the pickup died as a result of the injuries she suffered in the crash.
The deceased driver’s 51-year-old passenger suffered moderate injuries for which he was taken to an area hospital for treatment. His current condition was not reported. The driver of the pickup truck suffered only minor injuries as did the occupant of the third vehicle involved in this tragedy. At last report, Louisiana State Police troopers were still attempting to ascertain why the westbound driver had failed to stop. So far, that driver has only been cited for not yielding at the stop sign and driving without a valid driver’s license.
It is not known at this time whether criminal charges will be filed. The injured parties and the family of the deceased driver may file civil actions against the driver of the pickup trust, requesting that the court award damages normally seen in a serious or fatal accident. If they prevail in their court actions, any financial restitution received could help with the monetary losses of the family and the injured parties.