Answers are what troopers with the Louisiana State Police are looking for regarding an accident that occurred on Highway 25 on a recent Friday. The preliminary reports indicate that the vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on the highway. At some point, the 82-year-old driver of the southbound car veered into the path of the northbound vehicle.
The two vehicles collided head-on just north of Covington. The woman driving the southbound vehicle and the 83-year-old man driving the northbound vehicle both died at the scene. The man’s wife survived the crash, but suffered severe injuries. She was flown to an area hospital and, at last report, remained hospitalized.
So far, investigators have not been able to explain what caused the woman to veer into the oncoming lane. Even so, it is not believed that impairment was a factor in the accident. Furthermore, both drivers were wearing safety restraints at the time.
As the official investigation into this fatal auto accident continues, the deceased driver’s wife is fighting for her own life. She is likely entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim and personal injury claim against the other driver’s estate. If she successfully establishes negligence, a Louisiana court might award her damages that could help with the financial losses she is facing.