Three vehicle crash claims life of Prairieville woman

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Friday morning, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop A investigated a three vehicle fatal crash on LA Highway 73 north of US Highway 61 which claimed the life of a Prairieville woman.

According to investigating Troopers, on September 28, 2012, at about 6:30 a.m., 56-year-old Carolyn Brouillette of Prairieville was driving a 2013 Lincoln passenger car south on LA Highway 73. A 2006 Chevrolet SUV, driven by 29-year-old Ashton Claiborne of Gonzales, was traveling behind Brouillette. Claiborne began to pass Brouillette in a no passing zone when he struck a 2012 Mack commercial truck, driven by 49-year-old David Milton of Prairieville, head-on. Milton's vehicle rotated striking Brouillette's vehicle. All three vehicles came to rest off of the roadway.

Claiborne, who was not wearing a seat belt, sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Milton, who was properly restrained, also sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Brouillette, who was properly restrained, was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead as a result of her injuries.

It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples have been obtained from all drivers involved and will submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation.

While it is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash, Troopers remind drivers that impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana. Troopers have seen the number of deaths and serious injuries due to impaired drivers decrease in recent years, there is still work to be done. Troopers will continue to enforce Louisiana's DWI laws across the state and remain committed to a public education campaign to end impaired driving. Have a plan and designate a driver before you decide to drink.