St. Charles Parish crash claims life of New Orleans woman

A fatal crash on LA Hwy. 3127 in St. Charles Parish claimed the life of a New Orleans woman early Sunday morning.

Shortly after 1:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop B investigated a fatal crash on LA 3127 west near LA 3141 that claimed the life of 45 year old Holly Arnold, according to state police spokeswoman Melissa Matey.

Troopers’ initial investigation revealed that Arnold was driving a 2008 Honda Element east in the westbound lanes of LA 3127.  A 2014 Nissan Altima, driven by 25-year-old Gabrielle Smith of Boutte, was traveling west on LA 3127 and was impacted head-on by the Honda.

Arnold was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle; she was pronounced dead on the scene.  Smith was transported to University Medical Center with critical injuries.

Impairment is unknown and toxicology tests are pending, according to Matey. The crash remains under investigation.

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