Acadiana police and fire briefs for July 23, 2013

Port Barre woman
killed in Friday crash

An 18-year-old woman from Port Barre was killed when the car she was in crashed into a cement culvert Friday night, State Police said.

Corita Leben was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish coroner. Leben was not wearing a seat belt, a State Police news release says.

The driver of the 1994 Buick, 37-year-old Kevin Mayo, of Opelousas, was arrested on one count of negligent homicide after he was released from an Opelousas hospital.

Investigators believe Mayo was driving south on La. 103 at 11:27 p.m. when he veered off the right side of the road, entered a ditch and struck the culvert.

Toxicology samples were taken and sent to the State Police Crime Lab in Baton Rouge.

Mayo also was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on counts of reckless operation of a vehicle, not wearing a seat belt and driving with an invalid driver’s license.

State Police identify
fatal crash victim

State Police on Monday released the name of a pedestrian killed Friday night while walking on La. 358 in St. Landry Parish.

Shantel Prudhomme, 29, of Lafayette, was killed when she was hit from behind by a car just before midnight, State Police said.

Prudhomme was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish coroner. State Police had withheld Prudhomme’s name until her next of kin were notified.

Investigators are trying to determine why Kay Gaspard, a 34-year-old resident of Opelousas, drove her eastbound 2002 Ford truck into the back of Prudhomme just before midnight. Gaspard, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured.

State Police said in a news release that Prudhomme was wearing dark clothes, and that it was unknown if anyone was impaired by alcohol. Toxicology samples were sent to the State Police Crime Lab in Baton Rouge in an accident investigation that continues.

Man sentenced for
robbing Post Office

A 44-year-old Crowley man has been sentenced in federal court to more than seven years in prison for robbing a U.S. Post Office in a small Natchitoches Parish town, authorities said.

Ricky J. Scott was sentenced to 90 months by U.S. District Judge Dee Drell in Alexandria last week for the Aug. 24, 2012, robbery in Cloutierville.

Scott pleaded guilty in January, according to a news release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lafayette. Drell sentenced Scott on July 17, the release stated.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said Scott approached the lone postal worker at the small post office and said he wanted to purchase a money order.

Finley said that after the postal clerk opened a cash register, Scott pretended to have a “weapon concealed in a pocket, threatened her and told her to hand over the money.”

Finley said Scott fled Natchitoches Parish but was later arrested by Rapides Parish sheriff’s deputies.

Lafayette police ID victim of fatal crash

Lafayette police on Monday afternoon identified the victim who was killed Sunday in a lunchtime single-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near the Interstate 49 interchange as 22-year-old Antonio Andres, of Henderson.

Andres was driving a red Ford Explorer east on I-10 at 12:15 p.m. when he lost control, “struck a guardrail and rolled multiple times,” according to a news release by Lafayette police.

Police reported that Andres was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the Ford, whom police did not identify, was transported to a hospital in serious condition, and remained in the hospital Monday, police said.

The accident forced the closure of both lanes of I-10 West, and one lane of I-10 East.

Compiled by
the Acadiana bureau