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Branch woman dies from injuries received in crash

Posted at 5:22 PM, May 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-18 18:22:04-04

A 21-year-old woman has died from injuries she sustained in a crash Thursday morning in Acadia Parish.

State troopers responded to the two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 365 near Schule Road at 10:20 a.m.

According to a spokesman with Troop I, 21-year-old Mary Helen Hundley, of Branch, was driving westbound on the highway and rear-ended a tractor-trailer that was parked in the westbound lane.

Troopers say Hundley wasn’t wearing a seat belt and that the emergency flashers of the tractor-trailer were on during the time of the crash.

The victim was taken to a Lafayette hospital in critical condition. She died a day later.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, the spokesman says.

Impairment is not suspected, but standard toxicology samples were obtained and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Troop D released the following statement:

“Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants in a vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired and always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death.”