Update: Man jailed after wife dies as a result of wreck in St. John

Published 10:50 am Monday, December 31, 2018

LAPLACE — A Hammond man was jailed Sunday night following a fatal crash in St. John the Baptist Parish that claimed the life of his wife, authorities said.

Louisiana State Police Troop B investigated the crash scene on Interstate 55 South after the wreck occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Preliminary investigation revealed Eliska Mandy Willie Trosclair of Hammond was a passenger in a Ford Crown Victoria traveling south on I-55, approaching milepost 3, being driven by her husband, 48-year-old Oniel Trosclair.

For reasons under investigation, the Ford lost control and struck a concrete barrier on the left.

As a result, the Ford remained disabled in the left lane. Eliska Trosclair and Oniel Trosclair exited the vehicle and were standing on the partial left shoulder near the Ford.

A Kia Optima, driven by 42-year-old Jennifer Beiriger of Schriever, was traveling in the left lane and struck the Ford. The Ford then struck Eliska Trosclair, 41, and she was pronounced dead on the scene.

Beiriger and two passengers were properly seat belted and suffered minor injuries.

During the investigation, Troopers observed signs of impairment on the part of Oniel Trosclair, according to Senior Trooper Melissa Matey.

Oniel Trosclair voluntarily submitted to a blood test, which will be analyzed by the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

Oniel Trosclair was arrested for D.W.I., no driver’s license and careless operation and booked into the St. John the Baptist Parish jail. Sheriff’s Office officials said he posted a $1,350 bond and was released Monday.

The crash remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.