Troopers investigate four fatal crashes statewide during Thanksgiving weekend

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

While many families and friends were celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday over the weekend, there were four fatal crashes that left other families and friends grieving. After investigating these crashes, Troopers had to make the hard “knock on the door” to give the news of the lives lost to family members. Tragically, three of the four crashes involved hit and run drivers, and Troopers still seek the public’s help in identifying two of them.

St. John the Baptist Parish – On November 25, 2017 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Troop B investigated a fatal hit & run crash on US 61 at Jaubert Ln. in LaPlace. Eugene Webber III, 32-year-old of LaPlace, was crossing US 61 when he was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle that was traveling in the northbound left lane. If you have information related to the crash, the vehicle, or who was driving, please contact Troop B at 504-471-2775.

St. Tammany Parish – On November 25, 2017 at approximately 10:40 p.m., Troop L investigated a fatal hit & run crash on US 190 near Christa Dr. in Slidell. A cyclist, 59 year old Calvin Lefort Jr. of Slidell, was struck and killed by 48 year old Larry Dean Kellett of Slidell. Kellett’s vehicle began leaking fluid after impact and investigators were able to follow the fluid, ultimately leading to Kellett’s location and arrest. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Winn Parish – On November 26, 2017 at approximately 1:45 a.m., Troop E investigated a fatal hit & run crash on LA 34 near Davidson Rd. in Montgomery. Hunter Thomisee, 21-year-old of Montgomery, was thrown from an unknown vehicle as it traveled west from Davidson Rd. onto LA 34. The driver and vehicle have not been located. Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Troop E at 318-487-5911.

St. Mary Parish – On November 26, 2017, 87-year-old Marian Tabb of Centerville, LA was killed in a single vehicle crash. Tabb had been reported missing by her family at 3:30 that afternoon. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office located the crash scene on the frontage road to US 90 near LA 3211 in Franklin. The investigation revealed Tabb drove through a wooden barricade and her vehicle became submerged in a canal.

Many of the crashes on our roadways are preventable, and lives can be saved if we take how we travel more seriously. Whether it is by vehicle, bicycle, or walking, tragedies like these do not have to occur if we plan our trips responsibly. By not driving impaired, avoiding distractions, wearing reflective materials, and walking a safe distance from travel lanes while facing oncoming traffic, we can make our journeys safer for ourselves and those we share the road with.

Contributed by TFC Jesse LaGrange, Louisiana State Police Troop C Public Affairs, 985-857-3680