ST. AMANT, LA (WAFB) - So far in 2013, there have been 50 wrecks on Highway 22 which serves St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston and Ascension Parishes. The highway spans about 72 miles in a winding road that goes east and west.
The latest crash happened Wednesday night and a young woman was killed. The solutions are not simple. Some believe the road is dangerous, but crash investigators say that details prove otherwise.
A curve in Highway 22 near St. Amant, LA was covered with police officers, rescue workers and relatives Wednesday night, all trying to figure out exactly what may have caused 22-year-old Jean Eric Siau to run the Lincoln Town Car he was driving off the road. His passenger, 36-year-old Sheri Luke died. St. Amant Fire Chief James Leblanc said she died when the car slammed into a tree.
"In my 30 year career, I don't believe I've ever seen a large vehicle like this wrapped around a tree like it was," said Leblanc.
Luke's family members returned Thursday morning. Sheri's brother, Kevin Luke, says he was on the phone with his sister seconds before she died. He says it was clear she was arguing with her boyfriend Siau, who was driving the car.
"She said, 'Kevin come meet me, he's beating me up.' Then all I heard was the tires and and brakes lock up and she said 'oh no Kevin we're about to wreck',"
His friend Daniel Dorton says it's not the first fatality he has witnessed on Highway 22. "My first child's mother; she got in a car accident a mile up the road and her brother and first cousin died," Dorton said.
The winding road is a well-known thoroughfare to and from Livingston and Ascension Parishes. Lately drivers have noticed something else, more and more crosses and memorials alongside the road.
"It's definitely becoming a graveyard in the St. Amant Community," said Chief Leblanc.
"I've wrecked on this highway, plenty people wrecked on this highway. I just don't know what else they can do to make it any safer," said Luke.
While the road is curvy and dark at night, Chief Leblanc says it's built to standard. It is the driver, he says, that sometimes creates the dangers that result in tragedy.
"I don't think there's anything wrong with the road. I think it's just our driving habits it's the main thing for us," said Chief Leblanc.
The driver in Wednesday night's crash is in the hospital with serious injuries.
There is a memorial fund set up at Whitney bank Sheri Luke, the 36 year old killed on Wednesday night on HWY 22.
The info is :
Sheri Luke's memorial fund
Account number- 047098030
There is also a paypal account set up for donations. Donations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org