St. Martin Parish – Shortly after 9:30 pm on October 5, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I responded a two vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality on LA Hwy 70 near Oak Harbor Drive in St. Martin Parish. The crash later took the life of 16-year-old Destiny Boyd of Napoleonville.
The initial investigation revealed that a 2014 GMC Sierra, driven 24-year-old Brandon Clausen of Clark, SD was southbound on LA Hwy 70 when it traveled into the northbound lane and struck a 2009 Honda Accord occupied by three teenage females. The driver, 17-year-old Darian Gros, suffered moderate injuries. Boyd was the front passenger. She suffered serious injuries which she succumbed to earlier today at a Baton Rouge area hospital. The third occupant, a 16-year-old female, was the rear passenger and suffered serious injuries. All three teens were wearing their seat belts.
Clausen, who was not restrained but suffered only minor injuries, submitted to a breath sample which revealed a blood alcohol concentration of 0.179g%. Following Boyd’s death this morning, Clausen’s initial charges have been upgraded to: Driving left of center, No seat belt, Driving while impaired, Vehicular negligent injuring, 1st degree vehicular negligent injuring, and Vehicular homicide. Clausen was booked into St. Martin Parish Jail after being treated at a local hospital. This crash remains under investigation.
As this is the second of two fatal crashes in one weekend in the Troop I area, Troopers want to remind motorists that impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana. Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same. Prior to consuming alcohol, ensure that you have a plan in place in order to get home safely. Designated drivers, taxi cabs, staying where you are, or calling a sober friend are all suggestions to avoid driving impaired.