PATTERSON, LA — On Monday, April 15, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a two vehicle crash on US Highway 90 in Calumet which claimed the life of a Patterson man.
According to investigating Troopers, shortly before 2:00 p.m., Tasha Boudreaux, 31, of Patterson was driving a 2007 Toyota passenger car east on US Highway 90. For reasons still under investigation, Boudreaux traveled off the left side of the road, crossed the median and entered the westbound lanes. After entering the westbound lanes, Boudreaux’s vehicle struck on its right side by a 2011 Toyota van driven by Jona Laborde, 41, of Youngsville.
Boudreaux and her passenger, Ryan Boudreaux, 33, of Patterson, were both wearing seat belts. Tasha Boudreaux sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Ryan Boudreaux was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Mary Parish Coroner. Laborde and her 3-year-old passenger were properly restrained. Both were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were obtained and have been submitted for analysis.
This crash remains under investigation.
Last year, 62 percent of the fatal crashes investigated by Troop I involved some form of impairment. While results are still pending in this crash, Troopers remind drivers about the dangers of impaired driving. Even after having just one drink, decision making abilities are hindered. Make the responsible decision every time, don’t drink and drive.