Two Batchelor Residents Killed in Pointe Coupee Parish Crash
Lettsworth – Shortly before 12:30 am on March 9, 2019, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle crash that resulted in two fatalities on LA Hwy 1 at the Simmesport Bridge in Pointe Coupee Parish. The crash took the lives of 35-year-old Brandon Wright and 36-year-old Erica Thomas of Batchelor.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 61-year-old Dannie Dixon of Batchelor was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 1 in a 1997 International log truck. At the same time, Wright and his front seat passenger Thomas were traveling northbound on LA Hwy 1 in a 2014 Mercedes C350. For reasons still under investigation, Dixon crossed the centerline of the roadway in an attempt to make a wide right turn into a gravel driveway. This resulted in the Mercedes striking the rear axle of the log truck. After the initial impact, the Mercedes traveled off the right side of the roadway, entered a ditch, and overturned in a nearby canal.
Despite the fact they were properly restrained, Wright and Thomas sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. They were pronounced deceased on scene by the Pointe Coupee Parish Coroner’s Office. Dixon was properly restrained and was not injured. Impairment is unknown at this time. Routine toxicology samples were taken from Dixon and Wright, and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for further analysis. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that while not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.