Unrestrained Reserve woman killed in multi-vehicle crash

Published 4:16 pm Wednesday, October 25, 2023

LAPLACE – On Oct. 24, 2023, shortly after 6:00 p.m., troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop B responded to a three-vehicle crash on US 61 near Oswald Avenue in St. John Parish.

The crash claimed the life of 34-year-old Asanise R. Fleming of Reserve, who was unrestrained at the time of the crash.

Fleming was ejected from the vehicle on impact and suffered fatal injuries as a result. According to authorities, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that Fleming was driving a 2021 Ford Mustang south on U.S. 61 near Oswald Avenue,” said LSP Troop B. “Fleming lost control of her vehicle and crossed the center line, entering the northbound lanes of US 61.”

As Fleming lost control of her vehicle, a 2014 Peterbilt Commercial Motor Vehicle traveling south on US 61 impacted Fleming’s Ford.

“After the initial impact, the Ford rotated across the center, re-entering the southbound lanes,” said LSP Troop B. “A 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis was traveling south and struck the Ford.”

Two juvenile passengers in the Ford who were also unrestrained suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The drivers of the Peterbilt and the Grand Marquis were not injured in the crash 

The crash, including the reason why Fleming lost control of her vehicle, is still under investigation. Toxicology samples were taken from all drivers and will be submitted for analysis.

“Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind all motorists that while not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in a motor vehicle, such as never driving impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions, can often mean the difference between life and death,” said LSP Troop B.