Passenger Succumbs to Injuries Sustained in Three-Vehicle Crash

Published 6:57 am Friday, November 11, 2022

Jennings – On November 10, 2022, shortly after 2:30 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of LA Hwy 1126 and US Hwy 90 in Jefferson Davis Parish. The crash claimed the life of 58-year-old Mildred Elana Hydle of Mermentau.
The initial investigation revealed a 2001 Dodge pickup truck, driven by 58-year-old Michael P. Prather of Rayne, was traveling east on LA 1126 and approaching the intersection of US 90. At the same time, the driver of a 2000 Ford Expedition, was traveling east on US 90 and approaching the intersection of LA 1126. Prather disregarded the stop sign, entered the intersection, and struck the Ford on the passenger side. After the initial impact with the Dodge, the Ford traveled into the westbound lane of travel and was struck by a 2013 Toyota pickup truck.
Hydle, who was the front seat passenger in the Ford, was properly restrained. She sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Jennings area hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. All three drivers were properly restrained and suffered injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted, and follow all traffic laws. Taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.
Troop D has investigated 25 fatal crashes resulting in 27 deaths in 2022.