Unrestrained Passenger Succumbs to Injuries in Acadia Parish Crash
UPDATE: On August 17, 2022, Louisiana State Police was notified that 40-year-old Gregory Lafleur of Eunice succumbed to his injuries. Lafleur was the passenger in the Honda Accord which was involved in the crash on LA 13 near Ellis Road in Acadia Parish on August 16, 2022.
Original news release:
Unrestrained Driver Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash in Acadia Parish
Acadia Parish – Shortly after 4:30 a.m. on August 16, 2022, Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 13 near Ellis Road in Acadia Parish. The crash claimed the life of 40-year-old Latashi Eddy of Crowley.
The preliminary investigation revealed Eddy was driving a 2006 Honda Accord north on LA 13. At the same time, a 2015 Chevrolet pickup was traveling south on LA 13. For reasons still under investigation, Eddy’s Accord crossed the center line into the path of the pickup. Upon doing so, the vehicles struck head-on in the southbound lane of travel.
Eddy was not restrained and suffered fatal injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office. A passenger in Eddy’s vehicle was also unrestrained and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. The driver of the pickup was properly restrained 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 have been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Police would like to remind motorist to never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted, and always ensure every occupant is properly restrained. Taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop I has investigated 30 fatal crashes resulting in 33 deaths since the beginning of 2022.
TFC Thomas Gossen
Louisiana State Police
Troop I Public Affairs
Office: (337) 262-5880