Impairment Suspected in St. Bernard Parish Fatal Crash

Posted: June 6th, 2016 | Filed under: News Releases

On July 6, shortly before 7:30 am, Louisiana State Police Troop B responded to a fatal crash in St. Bernard Parish on LA 46 near Francke Place. The crash claimed the life of 48 year old Alton Peters of Meraux.

The initial investigation indicated that Peters was driving a 2008 Infinity G35 west on LA 46. A 1997 Peterbilt tractor/trailer, driven by Lory Sandolph, 49, of Waggaman, was traveling east on LA 46. Sandolph observed the Infinity cross the center line into the east bound lane. Sandolph then began to maneuver the tractor/trailer to the right, off the roadway, in order to avoid a collision.

The Infinity struck the rear axle of the tractor/trailer. Peters was pronounced dead on the scene. Sandolph was not injured.

Impairment is suspected as a factor on the part of Peters and a toxicology test is pending an autopsy. Sandolph voluntarily submitted to a blood test and those results are pending. Peters was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Troopers wish 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. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.