Fatal Crash in Branch
BRANCH - Saturday night, Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a three vehicle crash on LA 367 at LA 365 that claimed the life of a 17-year-old Church Point man.
According to investigating troopers, on June 26, 2010, shortly before 10:30 p.m., a 2002 Chevrolet SUV driven by 17-year-old Nicholas A. Kidder of Church Point was traveling north on LA 367 approaching a stop sign at LA 365. A 2007 Toyota Camry driven by 29-year-old Seth Moony of Rayne was traveling west on LA 365 approaching LA 367. Kidder failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection and the right side of his vehicle was struck by the front of the Moony’s vehicle.
After impact, Kidder’s vehicle overturned and he was ejected. A third vehicle, a 2009 GMC Yukon driven by 56-year-old Bernard Fruge, Jr. of Lafayette was stopped at the stop sign southbound on LA 367 at LA 365. Fruge’s vehicle was struck by Kidder’s vehicle.
Kidder was pronounced dead at the scene by the Acadia Parish Coroner. Moony and a passenger in his car sustained minor injuries. Fruge and the three passengers in his car were not injured. Toxicology samples were taken from all three drivers, and have been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
This is the 34th fatal crash and the 37th fatality in the Troop I area this year. State Police would like to remind everyone that state law requires you to wear your seatbelt. Wearing a seatbelt will greatly reduce your risk injury in most crashes.