SCHRIEVER, LA (WVUE) - Separate fatal crashes involving overturned cars had State Police urging safety on the roads.
One of the crashes killed three people on LA 24 in Terrebonne Parish Monday evening. Early Tuesday morning, a passenger was killed on LA 23 in Plaquemines Parish.
In the Terrebonne crash, State Police spokesman Evan Harrell said, "It's one of those tragic events where you have three lives that were lost in a fiery crash due to somebody traveling at a high rate of speed."
State Police say 19-year-old Jordan Mayon, of Houma, was likely speeding in his 1998 Dodge Ram truck as he came around an S curve headed northbound on LA 24 in Schriever.
"Unfortunately, the vehicle at the high speed wasn't able to negotiate the curve and actually traveled off the left side of the roadway," Harrell said.
State Police said the truck crossed over the grass median, and a truck traveling in the southbound lanes couldn't stop. It crashed into Mayon's truck, and both trucks burst into flames. On Tuesday, all that was left were shards of glass and burn marks on the pavement.
Mayon, along with the 30-year-old driver of the second car, Kendric Prince of Patterson, and his passenger, 54-year-old Shannon Tassin of Reserve, were pronounced dead on the scene.
On Tuesday, orange paint marked the angle the truck traveled before overturning. The paint was left there as part of the ongoing investigation.
"Unfortunately, due to the fire, we were unable to determine who had a seat belt on in this crash," Harrell explained.
Less than 12 hours later, State Police said 41-year-old passenger Marcia Barthelemy of Port Sulphur was killed in a crash on LA 23 near West Pointe à la Hache. The driver was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries.
Harrell said criminal charges are likely for the driver, 33-year-old Tenille Edgerson of Buras, pending blood alcohol tests.
"Due to impairment, the vehicle actually traveled off of the roadway, came back on the roadway, over-corrected and overturned," Harrell said. "Impairment is suspected in this crash. Seat belts were actually a factor because neither one was actually wearing a seat belt."
Harrell hopes these types of deadly crashes will be prevented in the future if drivers remember this messages: "While not all crashes are survivable, seat belts are your best chance to avoid serious injury or a fatality in the case of any crash," Harrell said. "Pay attention to the speed limits, travel at safe speeds and always be cautious."