EUNICE, LA — On Sunday, Oct. 14, Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a two vehicle fatal crash on US Highway 190 at Industrial Drive which claimed the lives of two people.
According to reports, the incident happened at 12:25 a.m. David Deveer, 42, of Geismar was driving a 2005 Dodge truck towing a horse trailer on Industrial Drive approaching US Highway 190. A 2005 three-wheel Honda motorcycle, driven by Ronald Bellard, 52, of Eunice, was traveling west on US 190 approaching Industrial Drive. Deveer turned west onto US 190 in the path of Bellard’s vehicle. The front of Bellard’s vehicle struck the side of Deveer’s horse trailer.
Bellard was pronounced dead by the St. Landry Parish Coroner. The passenger on his motorcycle, Carla Barras, 52, of Opelousas, was transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Troopers indicated both Bellard and Barras were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. Deveer, who was restrained, was not injured in the crash.
It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples have been obtained and will submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. This crash remains under investigation.
While it is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash, troopers remind drivers that impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana. Troopers have seen the number of deaths and serious injuries due to impaired drivers decrease in recent years, there is still work to be done. Troopers will continue to enforce Louisiana’s DWI laws across the state and remain committed to a public education campaign to end impaired driving. Have a plan and designate a driver before you decide to drink.