One man is dead and another is injured following an accident on Highway 61, according to law enforcement. Louisiana State Police have confirmed the death of a 31-year-old man in the two-car crash. As with many car accidents, this one is still under investigation by authorities.
According to the accident report, around 3 p.m. the afternoon of Nov. 22, the 31-year-old driver was headed north in New Sarpy when he reportedly ran a stop sign. This caused a collision with another vehicle in the intersection, driven by a 20-year-old man. The force of the impact severely injured the driver who failed to yield, and he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital some time later.
The driver of the other vehicle was taken to another local medical center. His injuries were described as moderate, and it is not clear whether he has been released from the hospital at this time. The surviving driver has voluntarily given a blood test to police, and the deceased driver will be checked by toxicology scans as well.
Of course, Louisiana authorities do not file criminal charges posthumously, though it is still possible the younger injured driver may still be found partially responsible for the accident. However, many car accidents involving a failure to yield are attributed to the driver who did not obey the rules of the road. If this is the case in this instance, the injured man will be entitled under state law to file a personal injury suit against the other driver’s estate in civil court.