Louisiana State Troopers reported that a 83-year-old woman suffered fatal injuries in an Oct. 16 accident in East Baton Rouge Parish. The 4 p.m. incident reportedly occurred on Louisiana Highway 64.
According to authorities, the 83-year-old woman was driving a 2007 Lincoln MKZ north on Joor Road when she came to a full halt at the stop sign at the LA 64 intersection. As the woman pulled out onto the highway, an eastbound 1993 Dodge pickup truck driven by a 51-year-old man collided with her vehicle, purportedly.
Emergency responders found both vehicles in a ditch adjacent to the roadway. According to authorities, the woman's car had caromed into a tree following the collision. The woman suffered serious injuries and was transported to Lane Memorial Hospital. Subsequently, officials transported the injured woman to Baton Rouge's Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for treatment. She later died due to the injuries she suffered in the wreck, officials said.
The 51-year-old truck driver also received emergency transport to Lane Memorial Hospital after suffering non-life-threatening injuries. Reportedly, troopers do not suspect that alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident.
Many people are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year, statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show. Many of these are intersection accidents. These typically elicit at least one lengthy investigation, and when investigators conclude that the crash was caused by the inattentiveness or negligence of one of the drivers, then that driver may be held civilly liable for the accident and its resulting damages. In the event that someone died as a result of the wreck, qualifying family members of the decedent may hire legal representation and file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver.
Source: WGMB, "Zachary woman dies in 2 vehicle crash on LA 64", October 23, 2014