Driver Arrested for Vehicular Homicide in Fatal Crash

Lafayette Parish- Today, Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a two vehicle crash on US 167 at Bourque Road.  The crash claimed the life of a New Iberia man.

According to investigating troopers, on January 14, 2012, shortly before 3:45 p.m., a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by 43-year-old Tina Taylor of Church Point, LA, was traveling east on Bourque Road approaching US 167.  A 2005 Honda motorcycle, driven by 35-year-old Tony Guerrero of New Iberia, LA, was traveling south on US 167 approaching Bourque Road.  Taylor failed to stop at a stop sign and entered US 167 in the path of Guerrero's vehicle.  Guerrero attempted to avoid the crash but, fell from the motorcycle before it struck the vehicle.  After falling from his vehicle, Guerrero came to rest in the median and was struck by Taylor's vehicle.

Guerrero, who was wearing a DOT approved helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette Parish Coroner.  Toxicology samples were obtained from Guerrero and have been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Taylor, who sustained only minor injuries in the crash, was found to be impaired by alcohol.  A breath test indicated that Taylor's blood alcohol level was .109g%.  She was arrested for vehicular homicide, disregarding a stop sign, and open container.  She was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center without incident.

Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same.  Driver impairment and lack of seat belt use continues to be contributing factors in a large majority of fatal crashes across the nation and our state.  By taking precautionary steps including never driving while distracted or impaired and always wearing a seatbelt, motorists can substantially reduce their risk of being involved and/or injured in a crash.