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Motorcyclist Dies on LA 82 in Vermilion Parish

Abbeville, LA- Shortly after 8:00 a.m. this morning, Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on LA 82 at West Jane Street in Vermilion Parish.  The crash claimed the life of a 35 year old motorcyclist. Continue reading

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One dead after crash in Evangeline Parish

A 43-year-old man died Tuesday in Evangeline Parish after his pickup truck was hit by a trailer that came loose from another truck.

James Erwin, of Ville Platte, was headed south on La. 1171 when a trailer came loose from a Ford F250 pickup truck heading northbound, State Police spokesman Master Trooper Brooks David said. The trailer crossed the centerline and slammed into Erwin’s truck head-on.

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Two arrested in March fatal hit and run near Jeanerette

State Police arrested two people Saturday in a March 13 fatal hit and run on LA 182 east of Jeanerette in which the victim was struck by two vehicles, neither of which stopped.

 Brian Timken, 46, of New Iberia, and Kayla Norris, 25, of Franklin, were booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail, said Brooks David, a Louisiana State Police spokesman, in a news release.

Timken was booked on counts of hit and run and obstruction of justice, while Norris was arrested for hit and run.

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Toyota to Pay $11.4 Million in Fatal Camry Crash

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Koau Fong Lee spent more than two years in prison after his Toyota (TM) unexpectedly sped up and crashed into another car, instantly killing two people and badly injuring three others.

On Monday, a jury in Minnesota found that Toyota was 60% responsible for the accident and ordered the automaker to pay $11.4 million to Lee, his family and victims of the crash.

The verdict, which came after a three-week trial in federal court, said the accident was caused by the car’s unintended acceleration, a problem that forced a massive recall of Toyota vehicles from 2009 to 2011.

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Traffic crash in Broussard leaves one man dead

One man is dead and another was transported to a local hospital after a vehicle hit 2 motorcycles in Broussard.

Officers with the Broussard police department responded to a major traffic crash just after 9 p.m. last night at the intersection of E. Main Street (LA 182) and S. Girouard Road. The crash involved two motorcycles and a Volkswagon Bug.

Broussard police report, the driver of the Volkswagon, Jacob Romero, 21 of Breaux Bridge, was traveling eastbound on E. Main Street and was approaching the intersection of S. Girouard Road when the passenger stated to turn suddenly. When Romero turned left he struck the two motorcycles, a 2006 Harley Davidson driven by Scott Bonin, 34 of New Iberia, and a 1997 Harley Davidson, driven by Ryan Maturin, 33 of New Iberia, who were traveling westbound on E. Main Street.

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Dialing while behind the wheel is riskiest form of distracted driving

The next time you’re tempted to make a phone call while you’re behind the wheel, remember this: Dialing while driving increases the risk of a crash or near-crash more than any other sort of distraction.

That’s one of the findings of a special report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Other dangers identified in the report include reaching for a cellphone or other object; texting or using the Internet; looking at an object on the side of the road; and eating. Continue reading

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Port Vincent man faces charges in traffic fatality

PRAIRIEVILLE — A hospitalized Port Vincent man faces negligent homicide and other counts after a fatal early morning crash Thursday on La. 42 in northeastern Ascension Parish.

Dalyn P. Melancon, 24, over-corrected in a curve on La. 42 east of Joe Sevario Road about 7:30 a.m. Thursday and ran his westbound Ford F-150 pickup into an eastbound Nissan Altima, State Police troopers said in a news release.

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