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Investigators await blood test results after deadly crash

Law enforcement collected blood samples from the three men involved in a fatal head-on crash on Traino Lane in Ponchatoula. If the results from the Louisiana State Police crime laboratory indicate driver impairment, criminal charges could be possible.

After the accident, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed that one man, 22, died at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. Authorities reported that the victim had been a passenger in a Toyota Scion driven by a 20-year-old man. The driver apparently entered a curve at high speed and crossed the center line.

The westbound Scion collided with a 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck. A representative from North Oaks Medical Center said that the 44-year-old Madisonville man driving the truck was in stable condition with moderate injuries. The driver of the Scion remained in intensive care.

When a person is killed in a motor vehicle collision that was caused by a negligent driver, such as one who was speeding, distracted or impaired by alcohol or drugs, the decedent's surviving family members of course have to deal with the grief over the sudden loss of a loved one. In many cases they also have to deal with significant financial challenges, both immediate and long-term. Funeral and burial expenses have to be paid, and the decedent's contribution to the household budget have to be somehow replaced. They may want to meet with a personal injury attorney in order to discuss the advisability of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault motorist seeking compensation for these and other losses.

Source:, "Passenger Killed in Head-on Crash in Ponchatoula", Kim Chatelain, Sept. 20, 2016

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