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Houma – Shortly before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, Troopers with Troop C began investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash on LA 311 at Barataria Boulevard. The crash took the life of 16-year-old Benjamin Chabert of Houma.
The preliminary investigation revealed 74-year-old Lawrence Legnon Sr. was traveling west on Barataria Blvd. approaching the intersection with LA 311. He was driving a 2002 Ford F-150. For reasons still under investigation, Legnon failed to yield at a stop sign and attempted to make a left turn in front of Chabert who was traveling north on LA 311 in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado. Chabert struck Legnon’s vehicle and ran off of the roadway to the left after impact. Chabert’s vehicle overturned and became submerged in a bayou where he suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased by the Terrebonne Parish Coroner’s Office. Legnon sustained minor injuries and was transported to Terrebonne General Medical Center for treatment by Acadian Ambulance Service.
Impairment is unknown as a factor in this crash. A blood sample was obtained from Legnon and toxicology tests are pending through the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. A standard toxicology report is pending on the part of Chabert through the Terrebonne Parish Coroner’s Office. Both Legnon and Chabert were properly restrained during the crash.
Troopers remind motorists to always look and make sure it is clear before pulling into traffic or across intersections. Never try and “make it” across when it is unsafe to do so. While not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury. Louisiana law requires every vehicle occupant, front seat and back seat, to be properly restrained day or night.