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Driver dies from injuries sustained in St. Landry Parish crash

Posted at 9:48 AM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 10:48:20-05

A Ville Platte woman has died from injuries sustained in a crash last week.

Shortly after 10:30 pm on November 29, 2018, troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a two-vehicle crash on US 167 near St. Amand Road, according to TPR Thomas Gossen, spokesman for Troop I. The crash ultimately claimed the life of 49-year-old Cynthia Fontenot.

The preliminary investigation revealed Fontenot’s Saturn Vue became disabled on the east shoulder of US 167 northbound. A family member began helping Fontenot by attempting to push the vehicle forward on the shoulder. At that same moment, an Opelousas man was traveling northbound in a Dodge Ram on US 167. As the family member pushed the disabled vehicle, it entered into the northbound lane of travel into the path of the Dodge, added Gossen. As a result, the Dodge struck the Saturn.

Fontenot was unrestrained and was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to Lafayette General Medical Center with moderate injuries. On December 3, 2018, troopers were notified by LGMC medical personnel that Fontenot died from her injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the Dodge was wearing a seatbelt and sustained only minor injuries.

Investigators say impairment is not suspected to be a factor on the part of either driver.

This crash remains under investigation.