State Police: Mother and toddler killed in early morning crash


Two people died, including a 2-year old and a 35-year-old woman, in an early morning crash near the Sunset, Grand Coteau area.

It happened just before 1:30 am on the I-49 South Service Road at Zack Miller Road in St. Landry Parish.

According to State Police, the crash claimed the life of 35-year-old Lacy Leger of Sunset, along with her 2-year-old passenger.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that Leger was driving southbound on the I-49 Service Road at the same time that 48-year-old Michael Shane Guidry of Carencro was traveling northbound on the I-49 Service Road.

For unknown reasons, police say, Guidry crossed the center line, entered into the southbound lane of travel and struck Leger’s vehicle as she tried to avoid his vehicle.

Police say Leger was properly restrained as was the 2-year-old male rear seat passenger, but suffered fatal injuries.

A 16-year-old female rear seat passenger was also properly restrained, police said, and has serious injuries.

Guidry was unrestrained and suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Impairment is suspected on his part, police said, and toxicology samples were taken from both drivers for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation, and charges are pending.

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