Troopers charged 26-year-old Alicia Marie Mire of New Iberia, the driver of the Mitsubishi with 2 counts of Negligent Homicide, Negligent Injuring, Reckless Operation and No Driver’s License. Once Mire is released from the hospital, she will be booked into the Iberia Parish Jail.
State Police have identified the two Iberia Parish workers killed in Tuesday’s accident as 48-year-old Ross Migues of Lydia and 57-year old Jody Anthony of St. Martinville.
A horrific scene on HWY 90 service road in Iberia Parish Tuesday afternoon. A black Mitsubishi Galant with a crumpled front end sat a few feet away from a drainage ditch with a totaled government truck. Nearby lay the bodies of two public works employees. State Police confirm the Galant was traveling east near Freyou road when it read-ended the government vehicle.
Two parish workers, installing road signs for a re-zoning project, could not move fast enough as the impact of the collision sent their parked vehicle into their path.
The workers died on the scene. State Police Troop I Master Trooper Brook David said the vehicle was properly parked as the workers were on duty.
“From my understanding and the investigation, you could tell the lights on the top of the parish vehicle were operational. People really need to slow down and pay attention to their surroundings,” he said.
Witnesses nearby said the Galant was traveling at a high rate of speed. Many claim the road, posting a 55mph speed limit, is often traveled by drivers speeding at 70mph or faster.
“I drive like a grand-ma down this road, “ said Ann, a worker at a local gas station. “They have kids on bicycles, older people on bicycles and I am just scared of the people going fast down this road.”
Henry, who lives a few houses down from where the tragic accident took place said, “They always go 75 or 80 miles down this road. There is no police out here and a lot of traffic and they just go.” Police have not confirmed if speed was the main factor.
Several hours passed by as state police, parish workers and Iberia Parish deputies worked to clear the scene.
K-9 dogs sniffed the destroyed Galant, searching for evidence of drugs or alcohol, according to David.
The driver and the passenger were taken to local hospitals. Although no official word has been released on their condition, a witness claim one was air-lifted.
Names are being withheld as police continue their investigation and determine if charges will be filed against the driver of the Galant.