Posted: Sep 9, 2013 7:30 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Sep 10, 2013 10:14 AM
The Louisiana Department of Transportation is taking a closer look at what some say at a "dangerous" intersection in Iberia Parish.
The intersection is La. Highway 677 and La. Highway 344.
Troopers say last Saturday, 17-year-old Erin LaSalle was traveling east on 677 when she didn't stop at the stop sign.
A truck slammed into her.
LaSalle was not wearing a seatbelt and wast pronounced dead at the scene.
The funeral for Erin LaSalle will be this Thursday at Nativity of our Lady Catholic Church in New Iberia.
The 17-year-old was a senior at Westgate High.
According to her obituary, she wanted to attend Julliard Dance School after graduation next year, and eventually become a registered nurse.
It was at the intersection of La. Highway 677 and La. Highway 344 on Thursday that Jasmine Guidry barely escaped with her life.
"I took the left. Next thing I know another car rammed into me, the airbag hit me in the face my car spun. All I saw was smoke and everything became blurry", says Guidry.
She and her child Jayden were not injured, but knowing someone else lost a child last Saturday, she says he has to speak up.
Guidry says, "I can't imagine what her parents are going through, and for some people it's just passing another wreck, but they lost a child at a very dangerous spot and I just couldn't believe I walked away from my wreck. I couldn't believe it."
She thinks a 3-way stop would alleviate the traffic issues, and other motorists agree.
"They need to add a lot of stuff, more stop signs and more street lights.", says driver Bria Batiste.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation has launched an investigation.
D.O.T.D. Public Information Officer Deidra Druilhet says, "Right now we are reviewing where that stop sign is located so once our traffic engineers go out there and they're able to examine that particular intersection then we'll be able to determine if any additional traffic control measures are needed to be put in place at that intersection".
"Yes traffic might slow up a little but I promise a lot more people will walk away alive and not in a wreck if there was a three way stop there", says Guidry.