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Unrestrained driver and passenger killed in Acadia Parish crash under investigation

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Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash at the intersection of LA Hwy 92 and LA Hwy 13 in Acadia Parish.

Posted: Apr 2, 2021 9:15 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2021 9:16 PM

Crowley – On April 2, 2021, shortly after 12:15 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash at the intersection of LA Hwy 92 and LA Hwy 13 in Acadia Parish. The crash claimed the life of 40-year-old Nicole Marie Susak of Abbeville and 54-year-old of Mary Lemaire of Abbeville.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon, driven by Susak, was traveling north on LA 13. At the same time, the driver of a 2018 Honda Odyssey was traveling east on LA 92. The driver of the Honda failed to yield at the stop sign located on LA 92, entered the intersection, and was struck by the northbound Hyundai.

Susak, who was not restrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Lemaire, the front seat passenger, was not restrained and sustained serious injuries. Lemaire was transported to a Lafayette area hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The driver and the passenger of the Honda sustained minor injuries and were transported to an area hospital. Toxicology samples was obtained from the driver of the Honda and Susak and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana state law requires vehicle occupants to be properly restrained in all seating positions, day or night. Statistics show the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained but the decision not to wear a seat belt can have deadly consequences. Motorists are encouraged to make the smart choice and to always wear a seat belt.

Troop I has investigated 15 fatal crashes resulting in 18 deaths in 2021.

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