4th of July crash claims two lives in Lafayette Parish

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Friday, July 5, 2013 - 11:27am

Two people have died following a 4th of July three vehicle crash on US Highway 90 west of Scott.

Last night at 9:16 p.m., Greg Picard of Scott, 50, was driving a Lincoln passenger car west on US Highway 90. A Mercury SUV, driven by Paul Francis of Lafayette, 55, was driving east on US Highway 90 approaching Picard. A 2006 Mitsubishi passenger car, driven by Darleen Richard, 55, of Lafayette was traveling behind Francis.

For reasons still under investigation, Picard crossed the center line and struck the left rear side of Francis’ vehicle. The impact caused Francis’ vehicle to overturn. Picard’s car continued traveling and struck Richard’s vehicle head-on.

Picard was not restrained and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette Parish Coroner. Francis was restrained and was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. A passenger in Francis’ vehicle, Connie Celestine of Lafayette, 53, was not restrained and was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. Richard, who was restrained, died at the scene and was pronounced dead by the Lafayette Parish Coroner.

It is unknown if impairment was a factor in the crash; however, routine toxicology samples have been obtained and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation.

Last year, 62% of the fatal crashes investigated by Troop I involved some form of impairment. Troopers remind drivers about the dangers of impaired driving. Even after having just one drink, decision making abilities are hindered. Make the responsible decision every time, don’t drink and drive.

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