Published: 11-08-2023 | Category: Troop I
Iberia Parish – At approximately 8:30 p.m. on November 7, 2023, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I were notified of a three-vehicle crash on US Highway 90 westbound near Estis Road. The crash claimed the life of 52-year-old Cotura P. Roy of Breaux Bridge.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed the crash occurred as Roy was driving a 2020 BMW west on US 90 when traffic ahead was stopped due to congestion caused by a previous crash. As Roy was stopped, a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Bengy Trosclair failed to slow to a stop and struck the rear of the BMW, pushing it forward into a 2020 Ford F150.
Roy, despite being restrained, suffered fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office. All other drivers were restrained and reported no injuries.
While impairment is not suspected, a toxicology sample was submitted for analysis from Roy. The two other drivers involved submitted breath samples indicating no alcohol present, and neither driver displayed signs of impairment.
While not all crashes are preventable, limiting distractions, observing traffic laws, and not driving while impaired would eliminate many of these crashes from occurring. When driving on populated roadways, it is essential to always limit speed, not follow too closely, and always look at least 5 seconds ahead, when possible, in order to safely react to slowing and stopped traffic.
Troop I has investigated 45 fatal crashes resulting in 50 deaths since the beginning of 2023.
TFC Thomas Gossen
Louisiana State Police
Troop I Public Affairs
Office: (337) 262-5880