Head-on crash in Iberia Parish leaves one dead, one injured

Published: Oct. 5, 2015 at 9:53 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2015 at 2:35 PM CDT
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NEW IBERIA, LA (WAFB) - Shortly before 10:30 Monday morning, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a two vehicle head-on crash on LA 3195 near Estate Dr. in Iberia Parish.

Troopers say the crash claimed the life of 55-year-old New Iberia resident Maretta D. Stevens.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Nissan Altima driven by 26-year-old Sharon Witzell of New Iberia was traveling southbound on LA 3195.  Simultaneously, a 1994 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Stevens was traveling northbound on LA 3195.  For reasons still under investigation, Witzell crossed the center line into the northbound lane and collided head-on with Stevens.

Both drivers were properly restrained at the time of the crash. Witzell suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  Steven sustained critical injuries and was taken to a local hospital where she later died.

Troopers do not suspect impairment to have been a contributing factor in this crash.  Blood samples were obtained and will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

In 2015, Troop I has investigated 52 fatalities resulting in 55 deaths.

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