One killed, six others injured in Lafourche crash

Larose, La.- Police say a Gretna woman was killed and six more injured in a crash at the intersection of LA 3235 and LA 657 in Lafourche Parish Friday.

It happened around 11:30 a.m.

Investigators say a 2005 Nissan Frontier, driven by 42-year-old Carin Penida-Ruiz of Gretna, was traveling west on LA 657 approaching the LA 3235 intersection when the Frontier stopped at the intersection and then attempted to cross the northbound lanes of LA 3235.

A 2001 Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck, driven by 22-year-old Troy Griffin Jr. of Golden Meadow, was traveling north on LA 3235 at the same time that the Frontier was attempting to cross the intersection.

The Frontier was struck on the driver's side, causing the vehicle to rotate off the roadway and strike a utility pole before coming to rest on its side.

Penida-Ruiz and four other passengers were transported to local hospitals with moderate injuries.  The left rear passenger in the Frontier, Sandra Martinez-Montoya, was partially ejected during the crash and later died at the hospital from her injuries.

Police say Montoya was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Griffin, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to Lady of the Sea Hospital with minor injuries.