Posts tagged ‘accident’

WEDNESDAY WRECKS: Crash kills three

Troopers suspect driver in Vinton crash impaired

The driver of a van and a passenger in the pickup truck were pronounced dead at the scene of this twovehicle head-on collision on U.S. 90 east in Vinton Wednesday morning. The driver of the truck was taken to a Lake Charles with moderate injuries. BY BRAD PUCKETT/AMERICAN PRESS

Three people died on Southwest Louisiana roads in early-morning accidents on Wednesday, according to state police.

Two people were killed at 7:50 a.m. just east of Vinton, said Sgt. James Anderson.

Raymond Armentor, 47, of Sulphur was traveling west on U.S. 90 in a pickup truck when he crossed the center line and collided head-on with the van driven by Brian Holland, 45, also of Sulphur.

Anderson said Holland and a passenger in the pickup, Rebecca Pago Leboeuf, 47, of Sulphur were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Armentor’s injuries were described as moderate, and he was taken to a local hospital.

Anderson said troopers believe Armentor was impaired and that toxicology tests are pending. He has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, second-offense DWI and driving left of center.

Armentor and Leboeuf were wearing seatbelts; Holland wasn’t.

In a separate accident, Shasta Ann Fuselier, 31, of Eunice died in a single-vehicle accident just north of Jennings, police said.

She was traveling north on La. 102 near Grand Marais Road at about 2 a.m. when her 2005 GMC Yukon left the road, struck a utility pole and rolled over, state police said.

Fuselier, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected during the rollover.

She was pronounced dead at Jennings American Legion Hospital.

Routine toxicology are pending.


March 11, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Dalton ‘just had so much character’

Law enforcement officials remember trooper killed in two-vehicle accident

Local law enforcement officials on Wednesday shared their memories of State Police Senior Trooper Duane Dalton, who died Tuesday after a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 171 in Moss Bluff.

Trooper Sal Messina, who worked with Dalton for 12 years, said he considered the man a good friend and someone who was fun to be around.

Dalton, a native of Virginia, came to Louisiana while in the military. He met his wife here and settled. He was the father of three children, and he coached at baseball camps and headed to Baton Rouge for LSU games whenever he could.

“That’s all he talked about — his family or baseball,” Messina said.

As a senior trooper, he said, Dalton always tried to help other officers on the shift.

“He was quick-witted and very precise at every scene,” Messina said. “He would go to every scene to help the younger troopers.”

Dalton began his law enforcement career with the Lake Charles Police Department in 1993. Sgt. Mark Kraus, one of his training officers, said he quickly noticed Dalton’s integrity and desire to protect people.

To see a slideshow (BY BRAD K. PUCKETT) of Trooper Dalton’s funeral, CLICK HERE.

“He was always eager to learn and help people and just had so much character,” he said. “When we learned he was going to state police, we knew the department as a whole was losing.”

Both Messina and Kraus noted Dalton’s sense of humor, which they said stood in contrast to his imposing 6-foot-4-inch figure.

“When he was out on a scene, working, you could never tell how funny he was,” Messina said. “We cut up a lot.”

In 1995, Dalton joined the state police. In his 14 years as a trooper, he worked in the patrol and gaming divisions.

Visitation will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at Johnson Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until his funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 16, at Trinity Baptist Church.


January 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Single-vehicle accident kills man

*published Sept. 22, 2009

One man died Monday in a single-vehicle accident in the Holmwood area, authorities said.

The man — John R. Rentrop, 27, of 6547 Rossignol Road in Bell City — was traveling south on Fruge Road near La. 14 at about 7:45 p.m. when he crossed the center line, overcorrected and drove into the ditch, said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers.

She said he was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies didn’t know if he was impaired, but standard toxicology tests are being conducted, Myers said.


September 22, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Company tardy in fatal accident reporting

*published Sept. 18. 2009


A local construction company did not follow proper protocol after a Tuesday accident that left one man dead and another one with serious injuries.

Priola Construction is the company managing the construction of a Whitney Bank on the corner of Country Club and Nelson roads, where laborer Jose Morales, 32, and another man were crushed by a 14-foot frame wall.

According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, a company official must report preliminary information to the federal agency within eight hours of any accident — regardless of severity.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday morning, the Louisiana OSHA office, based in Baton Rouge, had no record of an accident in Lake Charles on Sept. 15.

The agent on duty in Baton Rouge said he would contact officials with Priola before releasing any other information.

In many construction projects, one company may be contracted with the entire project and subcontract out with other companies for dirt, concrete and workers.

Priola Construction did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

On the day of the accident, witnesses said they saw other workers run away from the scene when off-duty police officers were called over for help.

Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office chief investigator Zeb Johnson said he was not able to determine whether or not Morales was a legal immigrant and that any investigation of that type would be left up to federal immigration officials.

Federal officials would only comment on general protocol for work-site enforcement, which usually entails first subpoenaing and inspecting I-9 employment records for an audit.

In the Tuesday accident, which was reported at about 3:25 p.m., about eight workers were trying to lift a 65-footlong frame wall in place when wind caused the wall to shift and fall.

Morales and another worker were trapped underneath. The two men were taken to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital with what Johnson described as crushing injuries. Morales was pronounced dead upon arrival at the emergency room at 4:41 p.m.


September 18, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Woman hit, killed on La. 14

*published Sept. 1, 2009

A Lake Charles woman died early Sunday after being hit by a vehicle on La. 14, authorities said.

At about 4 a.m., Robert Hill, 27, of Sunset, was traveling south on La. 14 near McNeese Street when he struck 29-year-old Shakinda Gallow, Lake Charles police said.

Gallow reportedly had gotten into a fight with the person she was riding with and asked to get out of the car.

The angle at which she was struck indicated that Gallow was walking in the middle of a lane, said Sgt. Mark Kraus.



September 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Three-vehicle crash claims teen’s life

*May 27, 2009

One person was killed and three others were injured in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday evening on La. 384 (Big Lake Road) just south of Country Club Road, authorities said.

At about 6 p.m., Artem Dubovoy, 17, was reportedly traveling north in a Ford Mustang when he tried to pass the vehicle in front of him and lost control of his car, which began sliding sideways on the damp road, said Louisiana State Police Trooper Stephen LaFargue.

Dubovoy’s car collided with a southbound Buick driven by Brister Rachel Soileau, 25, LaFargue said. The Mustang reportedly continued off the road and struck a ditch at the intersection of Big Lake and A. Miller roads.

A third vehicle, a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Christy R. Decelle, 40, then rear-ended Soileau’s car, LaFargue said.

Dubovoy was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Kevin O’Neal, 17, and Decelle were taken to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries. Soileau was taken to Women & Children’s Hospital with moderate injuries.

All drivers were wearing their seat belts, LaFargue said. Standard toxicology tests are pending.

LaFargue said the initial 911 call was placed by the clerk in a nearby Valero station.

The accident occurred a short distance from the Lake Charles Fire Department Company 8 station. The firemen there heard the accident and assessed the situation, said LCFD Capt. Jeremy LeBlanc. He said the men extricated Dubovoy from the Mustang and assessed the others’ injuries.

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May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm