A tragic weekend on local roads has claimed 7 lives with alcohol being the suspected reason behind two, separate crashes.
On Friday night just after 8 p.m., Troop C was called to a two-vehicle crash on La. Highway 182 near La. Highway 660 near Houma.
The crash claimed the lives of Charles Triggs, Jr., 42; Danon Fulwiley, 21, of Raceland, Corey Porter, 23, of Raceland and Ariana Lachico, 25, of Houma.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Triggs was traveling eastbound on La. Highway 182 in a 2014 Honda Accord when he attempted to pass another vehicle at a high rate of speed in a no-passing zone.
After crossing the center line, Triggs struck a 2018 Honda Accord driven by Lachico head-on.
Lachico and Fulwiley suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.
Triggs and Porter were taken to hospitals with severe injuries and later died.
Triggs and Lachico were properly restrained at the time of the crash. Fulwiley and Porter, both in the 2014 Honda Accord, were not.
Impairment and reckless operation from Triggs are suspected factors in the crash, and a toxicology sample was collected from both drivers and submitted for analysis.
In Lafourche Parish just after midnight on Saturday morning, Troop C was called again to a two-vehicle crash on La. Highway 20 in Chackbay.
The crash killed 3 Luling natives – all Nicholls freshmen. They have been identified as Hali Cross, Lily Dufrene and Michaila Bowling.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Joey Clement, 39, of Thibodaux, was driving northbound on La. Highway 20 in a 2019 Ford F-150.
The Ford then crossed the centerline and struck a SUV head-on. After the crash, both vehicles became engulfed in flames.
All three occupants of the SUV died at the scene. Clement suffered minor injuries. Clement was unrestrained and showed signs of impairment. He was arrested for 4th-offense DWI and additional charges pending. Toxicology samples were collected from both drivers and submitted for analysis. The crash is still under investigation.
Louisiana State Police is urging people to please refrain from distracted or impaired driving. Nearly half of the fatal crashes in the state are caused by impaired drivers.