Reserve woman dies from injuries in Airline accident

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 7, 2008


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LAPLACE – A Reserve woman died on Tuesday morning as a result of injuries she received in an automobile accident last Sunday on Airline Highway.

Louisiana State Police officials reported that Denise Lambert, 80, was seriously injured in the accident, which saw her pull out from Northwest Third Street onto Airline Highway, into the path of a truck driven by a LaPlace man.

Lambert was driving a 1997 Chevy Prism when she pulled out onto Airline Highway into the path of Robert Smith, 45, who was driving southbound on Highway 61.

Troop B spokesman Lt. Joseph Piglia said that Smith tried to avoid the accident by swerving to the left, but still hit Lambert’s vehicle in the left lane.

Smith was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer, and while not cited as being at fault in the accident, did receive a ticket for driving with a suspended license.

Lambert was taken to River Parishes Hospital and was in critical condition before she passed away on Tuesday morning.

Smith initially refused treatment and left the scene of the accident, but apparently showed up at the hospital later. He was kept overnight, then released on Monday morning, according to hospital officials.