Prairieville Woman Killed in Ascension Parish Crash

Published 6:49 am Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Prairieville – Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on November 29, 2021, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 42 at the intersection of Joe Sevario Road in Ascension Parish.  The crash claimed the life of 85-year-old Donna Patterson of Prairieville.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as 88-year-old Alfred Patterson of Prairieville was traveling north on Joe Sevario Road in a 2015 Hyundai Elantra.  Donna Patterson was the front seat passenger in the Hyundai. At the same time, a 2002 Ford pick-up truck was traveling east on LA Hwy 42.  For reasons still under investigation, Alfred Patterson failed to yield at a stop sign and traveled into the eastbound lane of LA Hwy 42 in front of the Ford. This resulted in the Ford striking the Hyundai.

Despite the fact that she was properly restrained, Donna Patterson sustained fatal injuries.  Alfred Patterson and the driver of the Ford were also properly restrained, and sustained minor injuries. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis.

Motorists should always be cognizant of their surroundings and obey posted traffic control signs.  Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and obeying all traffic laws can often mean the difference between life and death.