The deadly weekend on the streets in Acadiana continued on Monday when a two-vehicle accident claimed the lives of Abbeville-year-old Destiny Rose Hargrave, 20.
On Sunday evening, 53-year-old motorcyclist James W. Romero died after Louisiana State Police said he ran into a vehicle on Interstate 10 between Scott and Duson. On Monday morning it was a head-on collision in which Hargrave was killed. Soldiers say she crossed the center line while driving a car on Louisiana Highway 82 near Lloyd Road (north of LA 333) in Vermilion Parish and driving a Yukon in the opposite direction. The soldiers received the call around 7:00 a.m.
Soldiers say Hargrave was rampant and pronounced dead by the Vermilion Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the Yukon was wearing seat belts and was only slightly injured.
Standard toxicological samples were taken from the drivers, although no impairment was suspected. The soldiers are still unsure why Hargrave crossed the center line.
Here is the message the Louisiana State Police want you to leave:
Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions when operating any motor vehicle. Never drive when you are impaired, tired, or distracted. Always make sure that every occupant is properly buckled up. Simple precautionary measures like these can often make the difference between life and death.
This is the 60th death of 50 fatal crashes investigated by Troop I since 2021.