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Loureauville mayor killed in head-on collision

The mayor of a small town in Louisiana was killed in a car wreck on April 3. The fatal car accident occurred while the 65-year-old mayor of Loureauville was traveling westbound on La. 86. At the time, he was a passenger in a Ford Mustang that was being driven by a 62-year-old woman.

According to a spokesman for the Louisiana State Police, the fatal collision happened at about 6:40 p.m. when a young passenger in a Dodge Ram bumped the truck's steering wheel. While the eastbound Dodge was traveling around a curve near Lake Teche Road, it entered the opposite lane of traffic and collided with the mayor's vehicle.

The mayor was pronounced dead at the accident scene while the driver of his vehicle was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of critical injuries. All three of the passengers in the Dodge received treatment at the hospital for injuries that ranged from minor to moderate in severity. The 34-year-old driver and his 26-year-old female passenger both received citations for not wearing seat belts, and the youth was cited for obstructing a driver. Police do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident.

A fatal car accident like this may or may not involve criminal charges being filed against the person who was responsible for it. Either way, the family of a deceased victim may choose to file a civil wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties whose negligence caused the accident. Many families who are going through this kind of situation choose to seek help from an attorney.

Source: The Advocate, "Loreauville mayor killed, 4 injured in Friday night crash near New Iberia," April 7, 2015

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