Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a side by side fatal accident at a gas station located in the 4700 block of Coteau Road on March 11, 2021 at approximately 10:30 a.m. En route to the accident, deputies were informed that one of the individuals involved in the accident succumbed to his injuries prior to their arrival. The deceased was identified as Luciano Ramos-Padron (73 yrs. old)
Through investigation, IPSO Deputies attained that the accident occurred when three individuals arrived in the private parking lot of a gas station in a side by side vehicle. While attempting to back up to the gas pump, it is suspected that the middle passenger accidentally stepped on the accelerator, causing the side by side to strike a nearby planter. The force of the collision, caused the side by side to nearly flip on its side and ejected the other passenger before striking a parked truck.
The driver of the side by side received a citation of operating an all-terrain vehicles on a public roadway. Possible additional charges pending toxicology results.
Sheriff Tommy Romero stated “Louisiana law is that all-terrain vehicles which are not specifically designated for road use may travel only on the shoulders of all public roads, not on highways. Residents need to be mindful when operating any all-terrain vehicles throughout the parish.”