A 93-year-old Kaplan woman is dead after a crash on LA 13 in near Crowley. Louisiana State Police say Ella Hebert was killed when the car she was riding in hit a dump truck. It happened shortly after 3pm on Tuesday. Neither Hebert nor the driver of the car were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Speed is believed to be a factor. The driver of the dump truck was uninjured. Trooper Thomas Gossen says the crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

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Crowley – At approximately 3:15 pm on June 4, 2019, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 13 near Simon Rd. in Acadia Parish. The crash took the life of 93-year-old Ella Hebert of Kaplan.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 42-year-old Boyd Hebert of Abbeville was driving south on LA Hwy 13 in a 1985 Oldsmobile Delta 88. At the same time, 55-year-old William Serrano of Lake Charles was driving a 2019 Peterbilt dump truck north on LA Hwy 13. For reasons still under investigation, Serrano turned left into a private lot and failed to yield to Hebert. As a result, the Peterbilt was struck by the Oldsmobile.

Serrano was properly restrained and was uninjured. Boyd Hebert was unrestrained and was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. His passenger, Ella Hebert, was also unrestrained and ultimately succumbed to her injuries at a local hospital. Impairment is unknown for either driver, but toxicology samples were obtained from both for analysis. Speed on the part of Hebert is a suspected factor. This crash remains under investigation, and charges are pending.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants in a vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired and always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death.