POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 7:02pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm
Louisiana State Police Troop A is investigating a double-fatal crash that occurred on US 190 east of LA 975 shortly after 9:00 p.m. last night. Stacy M. Dye (W/M, age 40) of Lucedale, MS was driving a 1993 Oldsmobile Sedan west on US 190 when he struck a 2004 Toyota Tundra. After striking the pickup, Dye lost control of the Oldsmobile, struck the center guardrail, and then came to rest facing south across both westbound lanes of US 190. The Oldsmobile came to rest on an unlit portion of US 190 and the vehicle’s lights were disabled due to the crash. The driver of the Toyota pickup, Kimpha Nuynh (W/M, age 48) of Eunice, sustained minor injuries in the crash.
Shortly after this crash occurred, Colonel Joseph W. Vidrine (W/M, age 65) of Washington, LA, Chief of Law Enforcement Division of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, was driving a state-issued 2007 Ford Expedition west on US 190 when he struck the driver’s side of the Oldsmobile.
Neither Dye nor his passenger, Donald Chenevert (W/M, age 48) of Port Allen, was properly restrained when the crash occurred and both were killed in the collision. Vidrine was wearing his seatbelt and sustained moderate injuries in the crash. Acadian Ambulance transported Vidrine to Opelousas General Hospital. Alcohol use by Dye is suspected to have been a factor in this crash, and Troopers have submitted a sample of his blood to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis. Although alcohol use by Vidrine was not suspected, he voluntarily submitted a blood and urine sample to State Police at Opelousas General Hospital for chemical analysis.