Woman dies in fiery crash

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 6, 2006

Car stopped on I-10, Destrehan resident had to stop on interstate


Staff Reporter

LAPLACE – A three-vehicle crash in the early morning hours Tuesday resulted in the death of a Destrehan woman and left another driver facing negligent homicide charges, according to State Police.

Troopers investigated the scene of the fatal accident at approximately 6:30 a.m. on October 31.

Jaye M. Donahoe, 32, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by authorities.

The accident occurred on Interstate 10 heading eastbound near old Highway 51, only a couple miles from the LaPlace exit.

The three vehicles involved in the crash were all on the I-10 traveling towards New Orleans when two of the vehicles involved stopped near an overpass. The first vehicle, a gray Pontiac Solstice driven by Alan J. Dramm, 35, of Gonzales, came to a stop on the interstate with Donahoe also coming to a full stop while driving a silver Jeep Liberty directly behind him.

Both vehicles were sitting on the grade of the I-10 when they were struck from behind by a white F-150 driven by Kirk A. Thibodaux, 37, of Baton Rouge, authorities said.

Upon impact, both the F-150 and the Jeep Liberty were engulfed in flames. The Pontiac Solstice was struck from the rear by the Liberty

as a result of the crash, but Dramm, the driver of the Pontiac, walked away with no injuries.

Thibodaux came away from the accident with minor injuries and was taken to River Parishes Hospital for treatment. He was charged with careless operation and negligent homicide.

All parties involved in the crash were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol is not suspected to be a factor, according to State Police.

The investigation is being handled by Trooper Larry Mayes.