St. Landry Parish – A two-vehicle crash occured on LA Hwy 35 near Mandy Road in St. Landry Parish early Saturday morning, June 11. Scotty J. Cormier, Jr., 23, of Church Point, died in the crash.
Cormier was driving north on LA 35 in a 2009 Nissan Murano. At the same time, a 2017 Freightliner 18-wheeler with a trailer, being driven by James Roy of Opelousas, was backing into a private driveway on the east side of LA 35. The 18-wheeler crossed the center line and was in the northbound lane as Cormier’s Nissan struck the left side of the trailer.
Despite restraint use, Cormier suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler was also properly restrained and no injuries were reported. He showed no signs of impairment and submitted a breath sample indicating no alcohol present. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.