Four dead in three separate crashes in N.O. area

Authorities in three local parishes are investigating a trio of fatal crashes that killed four people Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

In two of the cases, investigators believe the drivers involved were impaired.

The first accident happened at about 8:30 p.m. Monday in St. Bernard Parish.

State Police said Bonnie Evans, 51, of Violet, was driving a 2008 Mazda east on East St. Bernard Highway, just west of Judy Street, when she struck Mandy Moravec, 58, of Meraux, who was crossing the street. Moravec died a short time later at Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans.

Investigators suspect Evans was impaired because she failed a breath test, said Trooper Melissa Matey, a Troop B spokeswoman. She did not say what Evans’ blood-alcohol content level was.

Evans was booked with vehicular homicide, DWI, careless operation and having an expired driver’s license.

At about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, two people were killed as a result of a head-on crash on Interstate 55 in St. John the Baptist Parish.

State Police said Brandon Craig, 32, of Franklinton, was driving a 2011 Kia north on I-55 in the southbound lanes when he hit a 2006 Chevrolet head-on at milepost 9.2.

A third car that was behind the Chevrolet swerved to avoid the crash and hit a guardrail.

Craig died at the scene, and two of his passengers were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

Conrad Hebert, 31, of Tickfaw, who was driving the Chevrolet, died a short time later at a hospital from injuries he suffered in the crash.

The driver of the third car had minor injuries but refused treatment.

State Police believe Craig was impaired. Toxicology tests are pending.

Neither Craig nor his passengers were wearing seat belts, Matey said.

The crash remains under investigation.

In Jefferson Parish, a pickup struck a woman in the 1100 block of Manhattan Boulevard on the West Bank as she tried to cross the street at about 5:45 a.m., said Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Desiree Felton, 56, of Harvey, died at the scene.

The driver of the 1998 GMC Sierra, a 54-year-old man from Zachary, told deputies that he did not see Felton until it was too late to stop.

He was not cited, but the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office will review the case.