Update: Loreauville Mayor Killed In Head-On Collision
The Louisiana State Police report that a juvenile jerking the steering wheel was the cause of a two-vehicle head-on collision that claimed the life of Loreauville Mayor Albert Broussard.
Master Trooper Brooks David released details today of the crash that occurred in Iberia Parish on La. Hwy 86 near Teche Lake Road at approximately 7 p.m. Friday.
Broussard was a passenger in a 2013 Ford Mustang driven by Phyllis Savoy, 62, of Loreauville. Savoy was approaching a curve on La. 86 when her car was hit by a 2006 Dodge Ram driven by Forrest Simon, 34, of New Iberia. Acccording to the troopers' report, Simon's vehicle crossed the center line and struck Savoy's car when a juvenile in Simon's vehicle grabbed and jerked the steering wheel causing the truck to enter the opposing lane.
Savoy, who sustained critical injuries, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Iberia Parish Coroner's Office Officials pronounced Broussard dead a the scene.
Neither Simon, who sustained moderate injuries, nor his two passengers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. All three were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
Simon, and his passenger, Catherine Derouen, were cited for no seat belt. The juvenile passenger was cited with obstruction to driver’s views or driving mechanism.
This crash remains under investigation and more charges could be filed at a later date.