Lawsuits filed in Stringer Bridge Rd. deaths
GONZALES - Four lawsuits have been filed against the state and Ascension Parish government over the fatal February 2012 crash that left two young girls dead.
Raelyn Encalade was driving on Stringer Bridge Rd. when she ran off the road and into Black Bayou. Her daughters, 9-year-old Faith Castilaw and 7-year-old Patience Lobell, did not escape the submerged car and died. Two other children managed to escape with Encalade.
The suits name the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and Ascension Parish government as defendants.
Among the allegations leveled against the agencies in all four suits is that the two-lane road, which has a section that runs parallel to Black Bayou with little shoulder, lacks guardrails and that the agencies failed to prevent a hazardous condition on the road.
Parish and state official have refused comment on the suits.
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