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Opelousas Teacher Dies in Car Crash

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This morning, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a three vehicle fatal crash on LA Highway 3233 east of LA Highway 182 which claimed the life of a Carencro woman.  

According to investigating troopers, on September 11, 2012, at 7:04 a.m., 17-year-old Corgan Womack of Opelousas was driving a 2006 Chevrolet truck east on LA 3233.  Womack was traveling behind a 2006 Chevrolet Trail-Blazer, driven 33-year-old Robin Jeffers of Carencro.  Jeffers had slowed down for an eastbound vehicle which was making a left turn.  Womack's vehicle struck Jeffers' vehicle from behind.  After the initial impact, Jeffers' vehicle crossed the centerline and was struck by a 2012 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, driven by 62-year-old Patrick Thibodeaux of Lafayette.  Jeffers, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Thibodeaux and Womack were both properly restrained and sustained minor injuries.  

Jeffers, a teacher and facilitator at the Magnet Academy of Biomedical Sciences at Opelousas High School was said to be a very dedicated and compassionate teacher.

Superintendent Joseph Cassimere  said, "(She was) very concerned about the kids, and very instrumental in getting the Biomedical started. She's going to be missed, she's going to be missed not only by the students, but by St. Landry Parish."

Superintendent Cassimere brought in guidance counselors to help those hit hard by the news.

Sarah Scott, a colleague said, "Amanda was at that building all summer long. She was there on weekends. She was very committed in making the academy one of excellence and of distinction."

Her students spoke of her charm, her compassion and her smile. Faculty and staff do plan on celebrating Jeffers, this Friday.

 

 


 

Carencro Woman Dies in Crash


(OPELOUSAS)- This morning, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a three vehicle fatal crash on LA Highway 3233 east of LA Highway 182 which claimed the life of a Carencro woman.  

According to investigating troopers, on September 11, 2012, at 7:04 a.m., 17-year-old Corgan Womack of Opelousas was driving a 2006 Chevrolet truck east on LA 3233.  Womack was traveling behind a 2006 Chevrolet Trail-Blazer, driven 33-year-old Robin Jeffers of Carencro.  Jeffers had slowed down for an eastbound vehicle which was making a left turn.  Womack's vehicle struck Jeffers' vehicle from behind.  After the initial impact, Jeffers' vehicle crossed the centerline and was struck by a 2012 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, driven by 62-year-old Patrick Thibodeaux of Lafayette.  Jeffers, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Thibodeaux and Womack were both properly restrained and sustained minor injures.  

It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash; however, toxicology samples were obtained and have been submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.  

While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, Troopers remind drivers that driver distraction is quickly becoming one of the largest contributing factors in motor vehicle crashes across the country.  Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.  While distracted driving comes in many forms, from texting and talking on a cell phone, to eating, or simply playing with the radio, the result is often the same.  

Troopers urge the public to remain vigilant while driving and avoid distracting activities, especially electronic devices.  To report distracted drivers or other hazardous road conditions, motorists can dial *LSP (*577) from your cellular phone to reach the State Police office closest to you.  

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