Two die after crashing into parked 18-wheeler in Pointe Coupee

A mother and daughter died after their SUV crashed into a big rig in Pointe Coupee Parish on Dec. 29th around 10am.

Louisiana State Police Troopers responded to US 190 east of LA 978 in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Barbara Dobard Rigby, 69, and Maynette Dobard, 98, of Alexandria died in the crash.

The preliminary investigation shows that Rigby was driving a 2018 Lincoln MKX SUV headed east on US 190. For unknown reasons, Rigby veered off the roadway to the right and hit the back end of a parked 18-wheeler. The big rig was parked on the eastbound shoulder with the emergency flashers on.

Despite being properly restrained, both occupants in the Lincoln SUV, died of their injuries at the scene.

There was one person in the 18-wheeler’s sleeper cab, who did not have any injuries.

As part of the ongoing investigation, a toxicology sample was obtained from Rigby and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while in a motor vehicle. Never drive impaired, fatigued or distracted, follow all traffic laws and always ensure every occupant is properly restrained. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.

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