A Kenner woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Destrehan around 6 p.m. Monday (Nov. 7) after being ejected from her car.
According to Louisiana State Police Troop B, Angelica Matamoros, 20, of Kenner, was killed when the 2002 Toyota Camry she was driving south on U.S. 61 (Airline Highway) at Ormond Boulevard apparently crossed the center median into the northbound lanes for reasons not determined and hit a 2002 Honda CRV driven by Norman Porter, 23, of LaPlace.
Matamoros, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from her vehicle on impact and struck by a 2014 Ford truck driven by Justin Hunter, 28, State Police said. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Porter sustained moderate injuries and transported to University Medical Center. Hunter was uninjured.
Impairment is not suspected, but toxicology results for Matamoros are pending an autopsy. State Police say blood was taken from both Porter and Hunter and toxicology tests will be performed by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.
The crash remains under investigation. The majority of motorists who die in crashes are not wearing a seat belt. Despite this fact, some people still choose not to take the 3 seconds needed to buckle a seat belt.
Louisiana law requires motorists to wear a seat belt in every seating position, front seat and back seat, day and night.
Wearing a seat belt is the most effective thing vehicle occupants can do to minimize the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Motorists are encouraged to make the smart choice and to always wear their seat belt.