A multi-vehicle rush hour crash on U.S. 190 left two people dead and another injured. The accident happened near Louisiana State Police headquarters in Mandeville on June 3 around 5 p.m. The northbound lanes were closed for a time, but reopened at 7 p.m. with traffic backed up for five miles.
Troopers say that a Ford Edge driven by a 54-year-old Covington man was traveling south on 190 when it sideswiped a vehicle in the other lane. The Edge then moved back into its own lane and crossed the median into the northbound lanes. It continued traveling the wrong way for about half a mile until it collided head-on with a Toyota Avalon that was being driven by a 63-year-old Madison woman. The Edge became airborne, was struck by a Toyota Tundra and hit a Chevrolet Tahoe.
According to state police, all drivers involved were wearing seat belts. The drivers of the Ford Edge and the Toyota Avalon were pronounced dead at the scene. The 46-year-old driver of the Toyota Tundra suffered minor injuries. The 27-year-old driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe was not injured. Toxicology tests were performed to determine if alcohol played a role in any parts of the crash since it was unclear why the Ford driver initiated the chain reaction.
When someone is killed due to the actions taken by someone else, the family of the deceased might consider filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault individual. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit could result in compensation that could help with the costs of funeral expenses, lost wages, and other economic and noneconomic damages. The family may not know that this claim can be filed against the driver’s estate if he or she also died in the wreck.
Source: NOLA, “Two dead in head-on collision in Mandeville, State Police say“, June 04, 2014