IBERIA PARISH — According to the Louisiana State Police spokesperson, a head-on collision occurred between two vehicles, on Jefferson Island Road, that left two drivers dead and three others injured on Saturday.
Shortly after 3:00 p.m., State Police was notified of a two-vehicle crash in Iberia Parish. The crash ultimately claimed the life of two New Iberia residents: 30-year-old Krystian M. Gachassin and 34-year-old Preston Barnes.
The preliminary investigation revealed Barnes was driving a 2006 Kia Spectra south on Jefferson Island Road. At the same time, Gachassin was driving a 2001 Acura CL north on that road. For reasons still under investigation, Barnes allegedly crossed the center line and struck the Acura head-on in the northbound lane of travel.
Barnes and his two passengers were unrestrained, police say.
All three were transported to local hospitals with serious injuries. Barnes ultimately succumbed to his injuries. Gachassin and her passenger were properly restrained and were transported to local hospitals with serious injuries where Gachassin later succumbed to her injuries.
Impairment is unknown but standard toxicology samples were obtained from the drivers and results are pending, according to police.
Speeding on the part of Barnes is suspected to be a factor.
This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted. Always ensure every occupant is properly restrained. Taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop I has investigated 52 fatal crashes resulting in 63 deaths since the beginning of 2021.
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