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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Cut Off resident dies from injuries sustained in July 24 crash

Cut Off resident dies from injuries sustained in July 24 crash

CUT OFF, La. – Shortly after 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, Troopers with Troop C responded to a two-vehicle crash with serious injuries on LA 1 near West 75th Street. One of the drivers, 58-year old Jeffrey Pitre, succumbed to his injuries early Saturday morning.

The preliminary investigation revealed 23-year old Michaela Hebert of Larose was traveling south on LA 1 in a 2011 Honda Pilot. Pitre was traveling north on LA 1 in a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado.

Hebert slowed down and began making a left turn in front of Pitre when he struck her vehicle in the northbound lane. Pitre was not wearing his seat belt and he sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Lady of the Sea Hospital by ambulance along with a passenger in his vehicle who sustained minor injuries.

He was later flown to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he died from his injuries.

Hebert was properly restrained and was not injured.

Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash as Hebert submitted a breath sample which showed no alcohol present. Through the course of the on-scene investigation however, Troopers learned that Hebert was distracted by her cell phone prior to the collision.

The investigation is ongoing.

Troopers would like to remind the public that inattentive and distracted driving is dangerous and is a leading cause of crashes in our state. It’s important for motorists to pay attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle they are driving.

More information on distracted driving may be found online at the federal government’s official distracted driving website,