LaPlace resident survives deadly crash

Published 12:14 am Wednesday, March 15, 2017

METAIRIE — One River Parishes resident was killed while another survived a deadly Airline Highway (U.S. 61) wreck, authorities said.

Louisiana State Police Troop B was notified of the fatal crash on U.S. 61 north at North Cumberland Street shortly before 11 a.m. Monday.

The crash involved two vehicles and claimed the life of 88-year-old Theodore Miestchovich of Destrehan.

The initial investigation indicated Miestchovich was driving a Buick Century south on North Cumberland Street when it entered the lanes of U.S. 61 north and was struck by a Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by 28-year-old Landry Everson of Metairie.

After impact, the Buick spun around toward the right side of U.S. 61 and struck two unoccupied parked vehicles before traveling over the median, across the south bound lanes of U.S. 61 and coming to rest off the roadway.

Miestchovich was wearing a seat belt, authorities said, and pronounced dead on the scene.

Everson and front seat passenger Davianna Stokes, 20, of LaPlace were not wearing seat belts and taken to University Medical Center with moderate injuries. Impairment is not suspected.

Toxicology tests will be completed on Miestchovich following and autopsy, and Everson submitted to a blood test that is being conducted by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.  The crash remains under investigation, authorities said.