A woman has been accused of operating a motor vehicle in contravention to Louisiana law at the time of a fatal collision between the vehicle she was allegedly operating, a second car and a motorcyclist. The police stated that the accident occurred at 11:20 a.m. on Feb. 9.
The crash happened in Brossard, near the intersection of St. Etienne Road and La. 92. A 51-year-old male resident of Youngsville had been sitting on a motorcycle on La. 92, where he was waiting to make a turn onto St. Etienne. A 30-year-old woman from Lafayette appears to have run into him from behind, throwing him into the moving traffic in the road before him. A 73-year-old New Iberia woman had been driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck down the road when the man was tossed directly in front of her. She was unable to steer around him in time to avoid hitting him.
The authorities responded to the scene of the incident and pronounced the motorcyclist dead. The woman whose car apparently caused the accident was treated for minor injuries. The other driver was uninjured. The Lafayette woman was found to have outstanding warrants and was taken to the Lafayette Parish Jail. She has been charged with driving under suspension and careless operation.
If an individual was operating a vehicle in contravention of the law and caused an accident that was fatal to someone else, then the bereaved family may choose to file a suit in civil court seeking compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one. The evidence introduced during any criminal proceedings against the negligent driver may be used as support for their civil claim. Damages in a successful wrongful death claim can include loss of companionship and support as well as reimbursement of funeral and burial expenses.
Source: KATC, "Update: Victim in fatal motorcycle crash identified", Feb. 9, 2015