Investigation continues in fatal Broussard crash

LAFAYETTE — Broussard police continued looking Monday into an accident that killed a St. Martinville man after he crashed his car in a cane field off La. 96 near Lantana Court, an accident scene that was obscured and not spotted until well after daylight Saturday.

The body of Brandon A. Labiche, 28, was found in a cane row 50 feet from the 1998 Ford Taurus he was driving, Broussard Police Chief Brannon Decou said.

Decou said the Taurus appeared to have flipped several times and ejected Labiche, who did not appear to have been wearing a seat belt.

The scene indicated Labiche had crashed hours before someone spotted the wreckage at 9 a.m. The Ford’s engine was cold and the vehicle was full of mud when the ground in the cane field was “somewhat dry,” Decou said.

“All we know is that he left his family home around 1 a.m. (Saturday),” Decou said Monday. “That was the last time (his family) saw him.”

Labiche was apparently speeding east on La. 96 when he went off the right side, traveled through a ditch, then flipped several times.

Toxicology results are pending. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Broussard Police Department at (337) 837-6259.