Patterson woman arrested for vehicular homicide for April 15 wreck

PATTERSON, La. -- A Patterson woman was arrested this morning by state police for a fatal wreck on U.S. 90 April 15, according to Tfc. Stephen Hammons, state police Troop I.

Tasha Boudreaux, 31, was booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail on a warrant charging her with careless operation, possession of marijuana, vehicular negligent injuring and vehicular homicide, he said.

Earlier this week, investi-gating troopers received the toxicology report for Bou-dreaux which indicated she was under the influence of narcotics when the crash occurred, Hammons, state said.

In the 2 p.m. accident on April 15, troopers said Bou-dreaux was driving a 2007 Toyota passenger car east on U.S. 90. She traveled off the left side of the road, crossed the median and entered the westbound lanes, police said. There, her vehicle was struck on its right side by a 2011 Toyota van driven by 41-year-old Jona Laborde of Youngsville, Hammons said.

Boudreaux and her passenger, Ryan Boudreaux, 33, of Patterson, both were wearing seat belts. Boudreaux sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital, he said.

Ryan Boudreaux was pro-nounced dead at the scene by the St. Mary Parish coroner. Laborde and her 3-year-old passenger were properly restrained, Hammons said. Both were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

This morning, Boudreaux was arrested without incident in Patterson, Hammons said.

The case remains under investigation.

Impairment continues to be a leading factor in fatal crashed in the Troop I area, Hammons said. So far this year, Troop I has investigated 26 fatal crashes, and over half of them have involved some form of impairment, he said.

Hammons said if you plan to drink make sure you des-ignate a driver. If you are prescribed any medication, make sure you fully read and understand the warning labels and effects before you get behind the wheel, he said.

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