Erath – Shortly before 3:45 p.m. on June 18, 2020, a two-vehicle fatal crash occurred on LA Highway 339 near Pickett Road in Vermilion Parish. The crash claimed the life of Caroline Claire Toups, 17, of Erath.
Toups was a front passenger in a 2006 Cadillac CTS being driven East on Pickett Road. The Cadillac was struck on the passenger side by a northbound 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup. It was determined by investigators that the driver of the Cadillac failed to yield at a stop sign as she attempted to cross over LA 339 from Pickett Road.
Despite being restrained, Toups died at the scene due to the severity of the crash. The driver of the Cadillac was properly restrained and was transported to an area hospital critical injures. The driver of the pickup was restrained and suffered only minor injuries.
While impairment was not suspected, routine toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis