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Five vehicle crash in Mathews kills two people

State Police
Posted at 2:38 PM, Oct 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-02 15:38:16-04

MATHEWS — Louisiana State Police Troop C responded to a fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 308 near the water treatment plant in the community of Mathews at 10:35 P.M. on Friday.

The crash claimed the life of of 32-year-old Maria Deborah Benitez-Munoz of Metairie as well as another driver whose identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The preliminary investigation revealed a pickup truck traveling south on LA 308 crossed the center line into the opposing lane of travel and sideswiped a 2010 Toyota Corolla.

After sideswiping the Corolla, police say the pickup collided with a northbound 2005 Toyota Sienna driven by Benitez-Munoz causing extensive damage. The Sienna was then struck by a 2003 Nissan Xterra then struck again by a 2003 Toyota 4Runner, both of which were traveling behind the Sienna.

The driver of the pickup truck was not restrained and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office.

Due to the severity of the crash, Benitez-Munoz was also pronounced dead at the scene despite wearing a seat belt.

Other occupants from the vehicles involved were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries.

Toxicology samples were obtained from the drivers for analysis, they say.

The crash remains under investigation.

Police included that some crashes are unavoidable. However, allowing plenty of following distance between vehicles can mean the difference between being involved in a crash or avoiding one.

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