Woman dies in Hwy 74 crash
PRAIRIEVILLE, La. - A 49-year-old woman died in a two-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 74 in Ascension Parish Saturday shortly after 2:00 p.m., according to Louisiana State Police Tpr. Jared Sandifer.
Cheryl Babylon of Slidell was driving a 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser eastbound on LA Hwy 74. At the same time, Mark Crochet, 35, of Sunshine, was driving a 1999 Ford F-250 westbound on LA 74.
Sandifer says Babylon failed to negotiate a left hand curve, and her vehicle ran off the roadway to the right. Babylon then overcorrected, causing her PT Cruiser to enter back into the roadway and cross into the westbound lane striking Crochet's F-250 head-on.
Babylon was wearing a seatbelt but sustained fatal injuries from the crash. Impairment on the part of Babylon is unknown at this time; however, excessive speed may have been a factor in the crash, according to Sandifer.
Troopers have submitted a toxicology sample from Babylon to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Crochet suffered only minor injuries as a result of the crash.
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