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1 Louisiana driver killed, another injured in highway accident

A Louisiana woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Oct. 16 at some time after 4 p.m., according to state troopers. The 83-year-old woman was driving her Lincoln MKZ on Joor Road. She was headed north when she came to a stop at the LA Highway 64 intersection and attempted to turn left. She turned into the path of a 51-year-old male driver traveling east on the highway and was struck by his Dodge pickup truck.

State police report that both vehicles entered a ditch as a result of the collision, and the Lincoln hit a tree. The 83-year-old driver was hospitalized at Lane Memorial Hospital with serious injuries from the accident. She was later transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where she died from her injuries.

The Dodge driver was also taken to Lane Memorial Hospital for minor to moderate injuries. Authorities do not believe that either driver was impaired at the time of the crash, and both drivers were found to be wearing their seat belts. Police responded to the fatal accident by warning drivers to always wear their seat belts and never drive when impaired by substances or lack of sleep. They also warned the public to avoid the use of devices that may cause a distraction for the driver, although there is no reason to believe that the accident was caused by such distraction.

While police have not released speculation as to the reason why the deceased driver pulled out in front of the Lincoln, further investigation may determine if she was at fault. If the investigation determines that the deceased driver held liability for the auto accident, the injured driver may choose to pursue a personal injury claim against the other driver's estate. A personal injury attorney may assist the injured driver in receiving compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses and other damages.

Source: WGMB, "Zachary woman dies in 2 vehicle crash on LA 64", October 23, 2014

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