Iberia Parish – Shortly after 3:00 p.m. on November 13, 2021, Louisiana State Police Troop I was notified of a two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 675 (Jefferson Island Road) near Mayo Street in Iberia Parish. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 30-year-old Krystian M. Gachassin of New Iberia and 34-year-old Preston Barnes of New Iberia.
The preliminary investigation revealed Barnes was driving a 2006 Kia Spectra south on LA 675. At the same time, Gachassin was driving a 2001 Acura CL north on LA 675. For reasons still under investigation, Barnes crossed the center line and struck the Acura head-on in the northbound lane of travel.
Barnes and his two passengers were unrestrained. All three were transported to local hospitals with serious injuries. Barnes ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Gachassin and her passenger were properly restrained and were transported to local hospitals with serious injuries where Gachassin later succumbed to her injuries.
Impairment is unknown but standard toxicology samples were obtained from the drivers and results are pending. Speeding on the part of Barnes is suspected to be a factor. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted. Always ensure every occupant is properly restrained. Taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop I has investigated 52 fatal crashes resulting in 63 deaths since the beginning of 2021.