A Madisonville woman and her teen daughter died in a Friday night crash, State Police say.
Three vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened on La. 1085 in St. Tammany Parish.
Brandi Landwehr, 43, and her daughter Hannah, 16, died in the crash, State Police say.
Hannah was driving a Honda Civic south on the highway, with her mom as a front seat passenger. Hannah stopped at a stop sign, but failed to yield to oncoming traffic and started to turn onto La. 22, State Police say. A Ford pick-up truck, driven by a Ponchatoula man, was traveling west, couldn’t stop in time and struck the driver’s side of the Civic. It was pushed across the eastbound lane and onto the shoulder, then came to rest in the ditch. The truck sideswiped an east-bound car, which was being driven by an Abita Springs woman, State Police say.
Hannah was flown to a nearby hospital, where she died from her injuries. Her mother was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. No other injuries were reported. Everyone involved was wearing a seatbelt, and impairment isn’t suspected on the part of any of the drivers, State Police said.
The crash remains under investigation.
Troopers remind motorists to always look and make sure it is clear before pulling into traffic or across intersections. Always watch vehicles as they approach and gauge the distance they are covering as they approach. Never try and “make it” across when it is unsafe to do so. Keep distractions to a minimum and keep your focus on the road. It only takes a fraction of a second for a crash to occur. By following the rules of the road, using seat belts properly, avoiding distractions and driving sober, you can greatly reduce your chances of being involved in a motor vehicle crash.