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86-year old man dies in two-vehicle crash in St. Martin Parish


St. Martin Parish – At approximately 7:45 a.m. on June 10, 2020, a two-vehicle crash occurred on US Highway 90 near Le Triumphe in St. Martin Parish. The crash took the life of Purvis Picard, 86, of New Iberia.

Picard was driving a 2013 Kia Optima westbound on US 90. For unknown reasons, his vehicle struck the rear of a flat-bed trailer being pulled by a 2016 Peterbilt 18-wheeler that was stationary in the left turn lane. Poor visibility due to weather is suspected to be a factor in the crash, according to State Police.

Picard and his passenger were both restrained at the time of the crash.  Both occupants in Picard’s vehicle refused medical attention on the scene. Picard was transported to a local hospital by a family member later that same day. On June 22, 2020, Picard passed away due to his injuries on Saturday, June 20th. This crash remains under investigation.

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