Passenger succumbs to injuries following crash on U.S. 90
ACADIA PARISH -- Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a crash on U.S. 90 between Crowley and Rayne which has claimed the life of a Lafayette woman.
According to investigating troopers, at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 24, 57-year-old Cedric Williams of Mermentau, was driving a Louisiana DOTD dump truck eastbound on U.S. 90. Williams was attempting to de-ice an overpass when, due to the ice, he lost control of his vehicle. Williams’ vehicle crossed the road and struck the westbound guardrail and came to rest. Williams’ vehicle was then struck by a Chevrolet truck which was traveling west. The driver, 55-year-old Verna Jackson of Rayne, was restrained and sustained moderate injuries.
A short time later, 22-year-old Blair Comeaux of Lafayette, was driving a Pontiac passenger car west on U.S. 90 approaching Williams’ vehicle. Comeaux was unable to stop and stuck the side of Williams’ vehicle.
Williams was not injured when he hit the guardrail and he was not in his vehicle when Comeaux struck it. Neither Comeaux nor his passenger, 18-year-old Angelle Smith of Lafayette, were wearing seatbelts. Both were transported to local hospitals in critical condition.
Today, Troopers were notified that Smith had succumbed to her injuries at the hospital this morning. Comeaux remains in the hospital in stable condition.
It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
This crash remains under investigation.
Troopers remind drivers that Louisiana Law requires all occupants of a motor vehicle to wear a seatbelt. While wearing a seatbelt will not save you in every crash it will greatly reduce your risk of injury in most crashes. This is the third fatal crash and third fatality Troop I has investigated this year.