Updated March 28: Troopers have arrested the 14 year old driver for two counts of negligent homicide, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving left of center, no driver’s license, and speeding.
Shortly before 2 a.m. on March 26, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatality crash that occurred on LA 74 west of US 61 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 42-year-old Robert Stafford of Gonzales and his passenger, 45-year-old Dusty Duet of Prairieville.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Stafford was traveling eastbound on a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle. At the same time, the 14-year-old juvenile was traveling westbound on LA 74 in a 2017 Nissan Versa. For reasons still under investigation, the juvenile began traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of LA 74 and struck Stafford’s motorcycle head-on. The juvenile’s vehicle continued traveling westbound and came to rest after striking a utility pole.
Stafford and Duet sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and were pronounced deceased by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. The juvenile sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash, but a toxicology sample was taken from both drivers for analysis. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.
Contributed by LSP