St. Landry Parish- A two vehicle crash involving a school bus, on LA Highway 357 near Austin Road has claimed the life of a 17 year old female from Opelousas.
At 6:50 this morning, 17 year old Nonchalaunt Guillory of Opelousas, was driving a 2000 Mazda passenger car south on LA Highway 357 approaching a curve. A 2001 Chevrolet school bus, driven by 56 year old Lawrence Robert of Opelousas, was traveling north on LA Highway 357. As Guillory entered the curve she traveled off the right side of the road and overcorrected to the left. After steering to the left Guillory crossed the centerline and her vehicle was struck on the right side by the front of Robert’s vehicle.
Guillory was unrestrained and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Shortly after arriving at the hospital, Guillory succumbed to her injuries. Robert, who was wearing a seat belt, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Robert was the only occupant on the school bus at the time of the crash.
It is unknown if impairment was a factor in the crash; however, routine toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
This crash remains under investigation.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers. While not all crashes are survivable, properly wearing a seat belt can minimize the risk of injury in most crashes. Seat belts are designed to spread the crash forces across the body, and keep the occupant in the vehicle allowing them to ride down the crash. Troopers remind drivers and occupants that state law requires all occupants of a motor vehicle to be properly restrained.