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Victims in fatal crash identified

Posted at 4:00 PM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 19:11:53-04

Officials released the identities of the two people killed in a two-vehicle crash in Acadia Parish.

40-year-old Carlos Lazo of Duson and 28-year-old Luis Estrada of Scott were declared dead on scene after the crash at the intersection of LA Hwy 3070 (McCain Rd.) at LA Hwy 98 in Iota.

Shortly before 7:30 am on August 30, 2018, troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a two-vehicle crash, according to TPR Thomas Gossen, spokesman for Louisiana State Police Troop I.

The preliminary investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Lazo was driving a 2002 Honda Civic northbound on LA Hwy 3070. At the same time,  a  teen was driving a 2018 Mercedes westbound on LA Hwy 98. As Lazo approached the intersection, he failed to stop, crossing into the oncoming path of the Mercedes, stated Gossen.  As a result, the Mercedes struck the passenger door of the Honda.

Lazo and his front seat passenger Estrada sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash, and were both pronounced deceased on scene by the Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office. Lazo was properly restrained in the crash; however, Estrada was not properly restrained, according to police.  The teen, along with a 14-year-old passenger, were both properly restrained and only suffered minor injuries. Impairment is unknown at this time, but toxicology samples were taken from both drivers and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation.