Whenever the police respond to a wrong-way accident, they expect the worst. These sorts of accidents take the victim totally by surprise. There’s nothing the other driver can do to minimize the impact. The results in these sorts of crashes are often devastating. This was certainly the case in Maurepas this week.
On Thursday, June 11, the police responded to a crash on Louisiana Highway 22. It was about 10 pm. When they got there, they found two cars with heavy damage on the side of the road.
50-year old Loyd Fletcher was driving his Chevy Silverado in the Eastbound lanes of the highway. The problem is that he was driving in the wrong direction. He ended up smashing head-on into another driver. The other car was a Nissan Xterra being driven by 53-year old Tina Lanoux from Gonzales, Louisiana.
Fletcher hit Lanoux head-on. By the time the police arrived at the scene, Lanoux had passed away from her injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Fletcher was transported to the local hospital, but he was later pronounced dead.
Neither driver was wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash. The police are running toxicology tests, but no results are back as of yet. The investigation continues. The family of the victim will likely have a claim for wrongful death against Fletcher’s estate. They can also pursue a claim against his insurance company.
The police aren’t sure if impairment played a role in the accident or not.
Thankfully, there were no passengers in either of the vehicles at the time of the crash. There were no other vehicles involved either. Given the late hour, there was less traffic on the Highway.
If you or your loved one are injured in a motor vehicle crash, call our office in Lake Charles right away.