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One Dead, One Critical in New Iberia Accident


One person is dead and a second person is in critical condition following a two-vehicle crash near New Iberia, Louisiana.

Details of the Fatal New Iberia Crash

According to KLFY, the crash occurred just after 11 am Wednesday on Loreauville Road in Iberia Parish.

State police say Jesse Romero, 36, of Hondo, Texas was traveling westbound on Loreauville Road when his 2001 Chevrolet truck crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a 2007 Toyota Sienna driver by Jody Charpentier, 58, of Franlin.

Charpentier died of her injuries while Romero was listed in critical condition at a local hospital.

The accident remains under investigation and toxicology results are pending.

National Auto Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35,092 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2015.
  • This marks a 7.2-percent increase from the 32,744 deaths reported in 2014.
  • Of those killed in auto accidents in 2015:
    • 22,441 were occupants of passenger vehicles
    • 5,376 were pedestrians
    • 4,976 were motorcyclists (operators and passengers)
    • 818 were pedalcyclists
    • 667 were occupants of large trucks
    • 227 were listed as other or as unknown
  • An additional 2,443,000 people were injured in auto accidents in 2015.

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