Iberia Parish – At approximately 2:30 p.m. on October 7, 2020, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I were notified of a two-vehicle injury crash on LA Highway 677 near Little Guy Lane in Iberia Parish. The crash ultimately took the life of 55-year-old Wendy Hebert Pete of New Iberia.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Pete was driving a 2006 Ford Freestar van north on LA Hwy 677. At the same time, a 2016 Freightliner 18-wheeler Cane Hauler was traveling north at a slower rate of speed. Pete attempted to pass the 18-wheeler, then quickly steered back into the northbound lane as another vehicle was approaching in the southbound lane. Upon doing so, Pete’s van struck the tractor-trailer.
Pete was unrestrained at the time of the crash and was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. Later in the evening, Pete succumbed to injuries received in the crash. The 18-wheeler driver was properly restrained and was not injured. Toxicology results are pending and this crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants in a vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired and always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop I has investigated 44 fatal crashes resulting in 49 deaths in 2020.