Car crash in Hammond kills Independence woman

State Police think excessive speed may have been a factor in a two-vehicle accident that left an Independence woman dead Monday morning on Interstate 55 North, near Interstate 12 in Hammond.

Master Trooper Greg Marchand, a State Police spokesman, said at about 10 a.m., a 2010 Mercedes 350 driven by Clifford Durio, 31, of LaPlace, veered off the southbound lane of I-55, then Durio overcorrected, crossed the southbound lane, the car rolled onto its roof and entered the median.

While still on its roof, the Mercedes entered the northbound lane and struck the left side of a 2007 Ford Fusion driven by Gussie Miller, 60, of Independence, Marchand said.

Miller suffered life-threatening injuries while Durio and a passenger in Miller’s car suffered minor injuries, Marchand said.

All three were transported to North Oaks Hospital in Hammond where Miller later died from her injuries, Marchand said.

All three were wearing their seat belts.

Impairment on the part of both drivers is not suspected, however troopers think Durio was traveling at an “unsafe speed” at the time of the crash, Marchand said.

Durio was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on counts of negligent homicide, negligent injuring, reckless operation, felon in possession of a firearm and driver with a suspended license, Marchand said.

The crash remains under investigation.