Driver Dies, Juvenile Injured in Vermilion Parish Head-On Crash
KAPLAN – Shortly after 11 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2020, Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on La. Hwy. 14 near West Pirates Lane in Vermilion Parish.
The crash claimed the life of 83-year-old John Hebert of Lafayette.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2015 Buick Verano, driven by 38-year-old Kristy McBride of Lake Arthur, was traveling West on LA 14. At the same time, a 2007 GMC Acadia, driven by Hebert, was traveling East on LA 14. For reasons still under investigation, McBride crossed the center lines as she was negotiating a curve and struck the Acadia head-on in the eastbound lane of travel.
Troopers determined Hebert was unrestrained at the time of the crash. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Vermilion Parish Coroner’s Office. A juvenile passenger, seat belted in the rear seat of Hebert’s vehicle, suffered serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital. McBride, who was properly restrained and suffered moderate injuries, was also transported to a local hospital. Toxicology samples were taken from both drivers and results are pending. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted. Always ensure every occupant is properly restrained, being mindful of recent changes in child passenger seat laws, and follow all traffic laws. Taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.