Two Separate Fatal Crashes Investigated by Troopers in the River Parishes

Louisiana State Troopers investigate two separate fatal crashes in the River Parishes.

St. John the Baptist Parish – This morning, shortly after 7:00 am, Troopers responded to a hit and run fatality crash involving a pedestrian.  The crash occurred on LA 628 near Clement Drive.  The pedestrian, identified as 55 year-old Danny Simoneaux of LaPlace, LA, died on the scene.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that Simoneaux was walking in or near the west bound lane of LA 628 sometime during the night and was struck by an unknown vehicle.  Evidence was collected from the scene and investigating Troopers are working on identifying the vehicle. The suspect vehicle will have damage to its right headlight, right bumper area and hood. The crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information related to the driver or whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to contact Louisiana State Police Troop B at 504.471.2775.

 

St. Charles Parish – Troopers responded to a second fatal crash today, which occurred shortly after 11:00 am on LA 3127.  Troopers’ initial investigation indicated that a 1998 Ford dump truck, driven by 56 year-old Harold Belonga of New Orleans, LA, was traveling south on LA 3127 near South Fashion Boulevard.  Traffic was stopped in that area as an enforcement vehicle/officer was removing debris from the roadway.  For unknown reasons, Belonga did not observe the stopped traffic and began braking too late for the size and weight of the truck.  He swerved to the left, entered the grassy median and overturned on the guardrail.  The dump truck then caught on fire.  Belonga was pronounced dead on the scene.

As the truck was swerving to the left, the second axle tire detached from the rim and struck a 2008 Toyota Highlander.  No injuries were reported in the Toyota.  The crash remains under investigation.

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 seat belts, 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.

 

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