Driver Killed in Lafayette Parish Crash, Sixth Death in Four Days
Lafayette Parish – Shortly before 8:00 p.m. on October 24, 2022, Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 167 near Bourque Road in Lafayette Parish. The crash claimed the life of 27-year-old Tyler Nicole Girard of Breaux Bridge.
The preliminary investigation revealed Girard was driving a 2017 Hyundai Veloster east on Bourque Road. At the same time, a 2007 Dodge Dakota was traveling south on US 167. Girard failed to yield at the stop sign and drove into the path of the Dakota. After being struck on the driver’s door, Girard’s Hyundai continued off the roadway to the east of US 167 and crashed into a shed at a private residence in the area.
Despite being restrained, Girard suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the Dakota was restrained and was not injured.
Toxicology samples from Girard have been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The other driver submitted a breath sample indicating no alcohol in his system and had no signs of impairment. This crash remains under investigation.
T-bone crashes, also known as side-impact collisions or broadsides, are some of the deadliest crashes on Louisiana roads and highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
, T-bone accidents account for nearly 20% of fatal collisions—more deadly than any other collision type. Louisiana State Police would like to remind motorist to slow down and come to a complete stop in order to ensure the blind spots on vehicles are clear. Taking a few simple seconds can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop I has investigated 46 fatal crashes resulting in 52 deaths since the beginning of 2022.
TFC Thomas Gossen
Louisiana State Police
Troop I Public Affairs
Office: (337) 262-5880