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Jun 9, 2012 9:44 PM by Sharlee Barriere

Fatal Crash Claims Two Lives

Today, Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a two vehicle fatal crash on LA Highway 98 near Panther Lane which claimed the lives of two people from Basile.
According to investigating troopers, at about 2:45 this afternoon 46-year-old Robert Miller of Basile, was driving a motorcycle west on LA 98 behind another vehicle. A truck driven by 22-year-old Zachary Benoit of Crowley, was traveling east on LA 98 approaching Miller. Miller crossed the center, double yellow, no passing line and began to pass the other vehicle. While passing the other vehicle, Miller struck Benoit's vehicle head-on.
Both Miller and his passenger, 43-year-old Vanessa Miller also of Basile, were ejected from the motorcycle. Troopers indicated both riders were wearing a helmet when the crash occurred. They were pronounced dead by the Acadia Parish Coroner. Benoit, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured in the crash.
It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples have been obtained and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.


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