The investigation revealed that Melina Rodriguez, 63, of Raceland, was traveling south on La. 308 approaching the La. 70 Spur intersection.
Rodriguez was driving a 1999 GMC Sierra pickup truck when she failed to stop for a stop sign and flashing red signal at the intersection, Harrell said.
Rodriguez’s vehicle struck a 2000 Toyota Camry that was crossing the intersection from the La. 70 Spur, said Tpr. Harrell. The Camry was being driven by Martina Llamas, 46, of Napoleonville.
Rodriguez, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries, and Martina Llamas and Maria Lara, a right rear passenger, were transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital with moderate injuries, said Harrell.
Ernestina Llamas, the front seat passenger, was pronounced dead on the scene by the Assumption Parish Coroner’s Office, reports Tpr. Harrell.
Investigating Troopers report that alcohol was not a factor in the crash, Harrelll said.
Blood was taken from both drivers, and the test results will be pending at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. This crash remains under investigation.
Troopers remind motorists to always be aware of their surroundings. Before entering or crossing an intersection, take a second to make sure that all the other vehicles are coming to a stop.
Taking the time to drive defensively can mean the difference between getting into a crash and avoiding one. Troopers also stress the dangers of impaired driving.
While there have been fewer deaths associated with impaired driving in recent years, there is still much room for improvement.
While not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury.
Motorists that witness hazardous situations are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the Louisiana State Police.