Driver Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash in St. Landry Parish
St. Landry Parish – Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on February 20, 2023, Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 105 near Rachell Road (south of Melville) in St. Landry Parish. The crash claimed the life of 43-year-old Kristi N. McAnally of Palmetto.
The preliminary investigation revealed McAnally was driving a 2012 Suzuki Kizashi 4-door sedan north on LA 105. At the same time, a 2016 GMC Sierra pickup, being driven by 59-year-old Shane P. Hebert of Opelousas, was traveling south on LA 105. For reasons still under investigation, Hebert’s Sierra crossed the center line into the path of the Suzuki passenger vehicle. Upon doing so, the vehicles struck in the northbound lane of travel.
Despite being restrained, McAnally suffered fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish Coroner Dr. Zeb Stearns. Two juvenile passengers in McAnally’s vehicle were also restrained and were transported to a local hospital with minor to moderate injuries. Hebert was unrestrained and was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries.
Impairment on the part of both drivers is unknown at this time but toxicology results are pending analysis. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.
While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Properly wearing your seat belt is one of the most effective ways to save your life and reduce injuries in crashes.
Troop I has investigated 12 fatal crashes resulting in 14 deaths since the beginning of 2023.
TFC Thomas Gossen
Louisiana State Police
Troop I Public Affairs
Office: (337) 262-5880