Luling residents killed in triple fatality crash

A Luling man and his passenger were among those killed in a triple fatality crash today (June 12) on U.S. Highway 90.

The driver, 19-year-old Scott Garcie of Luling, was apparently “traveling at a very high rate of speed” around 9 a.m. when he lost control of the 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera he was driving on U.S. 90 East in Jefferson Parish, according to Louisiana State Police.

The crash, reported at mile post 239 (5000 block) near the intersection of Live Oak Boulevard and Highway 90, involved two vehicles with three people pronounced dead on the scene.

Garcie lost control of the vehicle and traveled into the left westbound lane, according to State Police. The Porsche struck a 2018 GMC Penske box truck head-on and killed the driver of the truck, 40-year-old Henry Aucoin of New Orleans.

Garcie’s passenger was also killed in the crash, 54-year-old Elroy Lauman, also of Luling. Lauman was restrained at the time of the crash, however, Garcie and Aucoin were not wearing seat belts, according to State Police.

Impairment is unknown and toxicology tests will be performed during the autopsy.

The crash remains under investigation.

According to NHSTA, for more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2016, speeding was a contributing factor in 27% of all fatal crashes nationwide. Speeding is defined as speed too fast for conditions or in excess of the posted speed limit. Speed limits are implemented in the best interest of public safety. Numerous factors are taken into consideration when deciding on a speed limit. Some of those include lane and shoulder width, vertical alignment, super-elevation and curve radius. Every day, Troopers witness firsthand the devastating effects of motor vehicle crashes caused by speeding. Please be a responsible driver, obey speed limits, drive sober, buckle up and avoid all distractions.


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