Unrestrained Driver Killed in Head-On Crash in St. Martin Parish

Published: 08-05-2023 | Category: Troop I

  The preliminary investigation revealed a Nissan Versa, driven by Barras, was traveling east on LA 328 in a curve. At the same time, a Chevrolet Equinox was traveling west on LA 328. For reasons still under investigation, Barras’ Nissan crossed the center line and struck the Chevrolet head-on in the westbound lane.

Troopers determined Barras was unrestrained at the time of the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Martin Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the Chevrolet was properly restrained and was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries.  

Impairment on the part of Barras is suspected and blood samples from both drivers have been submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Both crashes had deadly similarities: no restraint use and impairment. These crashes were not accidents; these were preventable crashes. Taking simple precautions such as wearing a seat belt, not getting behind the wheel impaired, and not getting in the vehicle with an impaired driver can often mean the difference between life and death.

Troop I has investigated 29 fatal crashes resulting in 32 deaths since the beginning of 2023.

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