Four-Vehicle Crash Kills One Driver in Acadia Parish Crash on I-10

Published: 02-22-2023 | Category: Troop I

Four-Vehicle Crash Kills One Driver in Acadia Parish Crash on I-10

Lafayette Parish 
– Shortly after 4:00 p.m. on February 21, 2023, Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a four-vehicle fatal crash on I-10 west approximately half of a mile east of Exit 92 in Duson. The crash claimed the life of 36-year-old Lindsey Racquel Fontenot of Iowa Colony, Texas. 

The initial investigation by State Police revealed Fontenot was driving east on I-10 when she rear-ended a 2018 Nissan Rogue SUV which was also traveling eastbound. After impact, both vehicles traveled into the median. Fontenot’s 2019 Nissan Maxima continued through the median and into the westbound inside lane. The Maxima was then struck broadside on the passenger-side doors by a westbound 2018 Dodge Challenger.  The Maxima then partially entered into the outside westbound lane when it struck the left side of a 2013 Kenworth 18-wheeler.  After the third impact, the 18-wheeler traveled off the roadway to the left and came to final rest in the median. The Maxima and Challenger came to rest in the inside westbound lane of I-10. 

Fontenot was restrained but suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office. Several injuries ranging from minor to moderate were reported from other drivers and occupants involved, and some were taken to local hospitals. Blood samples will be submitted for analysis and this crash remains under investigation.

This is the third fatal crash and fourth fatality Troop I has investigated in three days. Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Obeying speed limit, being observant as other vehicles slow down for various reasons, and always driving without distractions can certainly minimize the chances of causing a crash. Please wear your seatbelt, limit distractions, and observe all traffic laws.

Troop I has investigated 13 fatal crashes resulting in 15 deaths since the beginning of 2023.

Contact Information:
TFC Thomas Gossen               
Louisiana State Police
 Troop I Public Affairs 
Office: (337) 262-5880