POSTED: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 5:26pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 7:50pm
PORT ALLEN, La (Louisiana State Police) -- Louisiana State Police Troop A investigated a fatal crash on Interstate 10 near LA 415 this morning at 9:00 a.m. that claimed the life of a Lafayette woman.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Expedition was traveling east on I-10 at milepost 149 when it struck the rear of a 2009 Chevrolet pickup. The pickup ran off the road to the right and the Expedition ran off the road to the left. The Expedition crossed the median as it began to rotate clockwise, entered westbound lanes of travel, and was struck on the driver’s side by a large Peterbuilt flatbed truck.
The driver of the Expedition, Victoria Archangel (B/F, age 32) of Lafayette, was not restrained at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced deceased on the scene by the West Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office. The driver of the pickup, Glenn Burge (W/M, age 51) of Rosedale, was uninjured in the crash. The driver of the Peterbuilt truck, Joshua Wingerter (W/M, age 29) of St. Amant, sustained minor to moderate injuries and was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital by Acadian Ambulance.
Troopers do not suspect impairment to have played a factor in this crash. However, samples of Archangel’s and Wingerter’s blood have been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis. Burge voluntarily submitted a breath sample to the Intoxilyzer 5000, which showed no detectable signs of alcohol in his system.
The majority of fatal crashes that occur throughout the state involve unrestrained occupants. Lousiana State Police would like to remind motorists that it only takes approximately three seconds to buckle up before riding in a vehicle, and that short amount of time can mean the difference between life and death. The safest place to be during a vehicle crash is INSIDE the vehicle, and the only way to ensure this is to be properly restrained at all times while the vehicle is in motion. Troopers will continue to aggressively enforce the state’s seat belt law in an effort to decrease the number of serious injuries and fatalities caused by crashes. The law now requires everyone in the vehicle, regardless of age or seating position, to be properly restrained at all times while on public roadways.