One dead in 4-vehicle crash in St. Martin Parish
ST. MARTIN PARISH- Louisiana State Police responded to a vehicle crash, involving 4 vehicles, on LA Hwy 94 near LA Hwy 354 in St. Martin Parish around 7:00am on Friday morning.
Hailee Rossyion (29) of Arnaudville was killed in the crash.
The crash occurred when a 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, driven by Luke Tripkovich (36) of Breaux Bridge, (for unknown reasons) went into eastbound traffic and struck the rear axle of a 2022 Freightliner box truck then a 2017 Nissan Rogue, which was traveling behind the box truck. After making impact, the box truck rotated and struck Rossyoin’s Honda Civic which was traveling westbound behind Tripkovich’s Ram. The box truck and the Civic traveled off the roadway together into the north ditch.
All drivers involved were properly restrained. Rossyoin was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Martin Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the box truck and the Rogue were not injured. After testing, State Police determined that the drivers of the box truck and the Rogue neither were not impaired, however, Tripkovich was tested and impairment was detected. A toxicology sample was obtained and results are pending from the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.
Tripkovich was transported to a local hospital where he was medically cleared then booked into the St. Martin Parish Jail on the following charges: LA R.S. 14:32.1 Vehicular Homicide, 32:415 Driving Under Suspension, and 32:58 Careless Operation.
This crash remains under investigation.